Tuesday, September 27, 2016

DMC: "Learning to Read" by Tabatha Yeatts




LEARNING TO READ

Tromping my way down the line,
Tussling one word at a time—
It was either them or me.

I persevered, muscles flexed,
First one word and then the next,
Speaking them aloud slowly.

They raised the white flag, this batch,
During our word-wrestling match,
As they told their tale to me. 


© 2016 Tabatha Yeatts. All rights reserved.


Jane Yolen has challenged us to write a septercet that features reading or writing this month. What is a septercet?  Click HERE for more details.

Post your poem on our September 2016 padlet. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration this Friday, September 30th, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of her fabulous new collection of science poetry:






13 comments:

  1. My granddaughter has finally triumphed as you so beautifully described, Tabatha. That winning match, and the tale finally told is a wonderful image. Love the rhythm and rhyme, too!

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  2. Moments like you describe deserve to be celebrated! Really nicely done, Tabatha, and I love your rhyme scheme.

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  3. Watching the little girl I tutor learn to read showed me how much energy it can take to wrestle the meaning out of words!
    Thanks for hosting, Michelle, and for the prompt, Jane.

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  4. It's so easy to forget how hard it was to learn and what an accomplishment!

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  5. And it rhymes! Well done, Tabatha!

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  6. "word-wrestling match" - pretty much says it all for beginning readers. Fabulous poem, Tabatha! =)

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  7. the words you used really capture this learning experience we have all mastered at some point in our live I love your poem

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  8. I still remember that struggle. I wanted to cheer at the end.

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  9. Beautiful movement in this, Tabatha. I read it aloud several times. Music. :-)

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  10. This really takes me back. Well done, Tabatha!

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  11. I don't so much remember it for me, but could see this so many, many times as a first grade teacher. It was possibly what I loved most about teaching. The release of the story is always a thrilling moment!

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  12. I'm teaching 1st grade for the first time this year and this so perfectly matches one of my girl's efforts.

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