Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Reverso Poems in Second Grade Library Classes #resvt #cesuvt

RES second graders shared the book Mirror, Mirror by Marilyn Singer during their library class today. All the poems in Mirror, Mirror are reversos: poems that make sense if you read them top to bottom or bottom to top. Here's an example from the book:

First the scholars had to figure out the rules of these poems: does every word change place from top to bottom? Or does every line change place? How does punctuation work in these poems? How does the meaning change when you read the poems bottom to top instead of top to bottom?

Then the second graders tried writing their own reversos. Some of them got very long...we asked, is it harder to make the lines match up when there are this many?

And a few finished examples:

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