Monthly Archives: June 2012

Using Poetry and 2.0 Technology to Promote Language Proficiency


On Thursday, June 28, I will present Speaking of Writing ~ using poetry and 2.0 technology to promote language proficiency at the UCI Writing Project’s Summer Institute for Teachers.  

Here are my handouts and PPT presentation.  Here are additional helpful links:

Mrs. Renz’ Fourth Grade Class Poetry Unit
Instant Poetry Forms
Introducing and Reading Poetry with English Language Learners
Writing Poetry with English Language Learners

Thank-You Letter from Miss Yee


Miss Yee with her “Basket of Appreciation”

Dear Ms. Rankin, Zaira, Edgar Al., Edgar Ar., Cesar, Samantha, Cindy, Kenny, Alexander, Daniela, Samuel, Pablo, Areli, Mayerly, Priscila, Brandon, Leslie L., Gerardo, Oswaldo, Margarita, Carlos, Mario, Gissel, Erik, Albert, Jesenia, Gina, Silvia, Jonathan, Magali, Gabriel, and Leslie Z.,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything! Thank you for the lovely, colorful tote box. I already have so many ideas of how I want to use and reuse it (I am a member of the Green Team, after all!). Now I also have so many things for my future classroom! I can’t wait to grow the crystals in the kit! The printed card stock looks almost too pretty to use! They’re perfect to use to send letters home. I love stamps, and I’m so excited to have teacher-y stamps now! The puppy/panther paw print pencils are positively perfect! (<–Hmm, is that an example of something we learned about? Begins with an “A”…) The ladybug stapler and the frog pushpins will be fellow class “pets” along with Wormy! My new Post-It notes match the new pushpins, and I love them! I’m also really excited to use the flag tabs. I will be using them when I do readings this summer in the master’s program. The clownfish magnetic notepad will always remind me of our field trip to Bolsa Chica State Beach and Kids Ocean Day 2012. I love that I have Nancy Drew: The Secret of Shadow Ranch to add to my future classroom library. I hope I can read it aloud to my future students. I’ve named my new dog keychain “Pomona,” or “Po” for short. He will also pull double duty as a flashlight and as my personal guard dog when I’m out and it’s dark. Thank you for the gerber daisies and the gerber daisy journal. We wrote so much in the past two months with the poetry project and the research paper! I will continue to write during the summer in the journal. And how did you know gerber daisies are one of my favorite flowers? I love that I’ll be able to keep them forever to brighten the classroom! Or, as the case is now, my desk.

Thank you for the wonderful cards! I came home and read each one. By the end of it I was near tears. I appreciate all the time and effort you put into making them. They are all so colorful and glittery! They also brighten up my room just like the flowers.

I hope you all have a wonderful last two days of fourth grade. I hope you had a great time in fourth grade and that fifth grade will be just as good. I know I LOVED being part of your fourth grade family!

And finally, I hope you have an AWESOME summer! Remember to keep reading and writing!!


Miss Yee

Our Online Poetry Exhibit and Competition


Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls,

Our 4th-grade class is honored to present our end-of-year online poetry exhibit and competition.  In our Poetry Album, we exhibit selected poems from our Positively-Popular, Published Poetry Project.  We invite you to view our poetry collection, breathe in each poem, and vote for your favorite five!   Our online poll remains open from June 1 – June 8.

Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry. ~ Muriel Rukeyser

Here again is the link to our Poetry Album; please view all three pages of the album (we suggest “View as a Slideshow”) to enjoy each published poem:

Album of Poems

Thank you, Miss Yee, for introducing us to PhotoBucket so we could effectively and efficiently display our poems in an album.  Please contact Miss Yee, Ms. Rankin or a 4th-grade poet for the password to our Poetry Album.

Express, impress, press on!


Ms. Rankin & Miss Yee’s Pod of Poets