Celebrate Chalketry!
Chalk and Poetry put together in illustrations and words for all to read, share, and enjoy. 

Back in March of 2012 my husband was outside with our children doing chalk on the driveway. He got the idea to write some song lyrics. This idea of writing words on our driveway spread. I started writing poems in chalk, then my husband started writing poems, and my children drew pictures. It was fun!
Then, I began thinking, what if  others shared writing underfoot? What if someone, somewhere wrote their favorite poem or an original poem and someone else stumbled upon it? Instant smiles is what I thought. Chalkabration was born and has become a celebration both grown ups and children look forward to. Chalkabration began at my first blog, Teaching Young Writers (click here to see an example). Since then, I started this blog, I Think in Poems. Chalkabration took a two-year hiatus and is being reborn here, April of 2017 at its new home. 

There are two ways to participate in Chalkabration. 
Read below for more information. 

Are you a classroom teacher?

Poetry is an art that should be celebrated! This once a month challenge encourages classroom teachers to put a focus on poetry, even if just for a moment. Here is a process to follow if you are doing 
Chalkabration with your class for the first time and need direction.
  • Read poetry to your students leading up to the celebration.
  • For younger poets:
    • One of the easiest poems to write is a collaborative list poem. Choose a topic and have students list ideas and thoughts while you transcribe the words for the whole class.
    • Make decisions as a group about a title, order of the lines, and if there should be stanza breaks.
    • You are ready to write the poem outside (or inside on a chalkboard or black paper). Students can help with this or you can write the words. 
    • Students can illustrate important details from the poem. 
  • For older poets:
    • You could still begin with a list poem as a starting point, collaborative or independent. 
    • Students can assist by writing a line or their own original poem on a sidewalk or blacktop. Illustrations are a fun addition as well! Even for older students. 
  • Photograph the poem(s) and illustrations for a blog post. 
  • Once your blog post is published, visit I Think in Poems and click on the Chalkabration post for that day (the last day of the month). Post your unique URL in a comment. What is a unique URL? This is the link that goes directly to your blog post, not just the main page of your blog.
  • Last job? Visit the other celebrators. Show your students all the chalk poems and illustrations to drum up excitement and ideas for the following month. You might also want to share on Twitter!
Are you someone who loves poetry?

I would love it if you would join me at the end of the month and share some chalk 
at I Think in Poems. 
  • From your favorite poet or from your own notebook, put a poem on a piece of ground somewhere (asphalt, sidewalk, maybe even a fence--just make sure it is appropriate and legal).
  •  Illustrate it if you like with chalk too and take a photo! 
  • Post it to your blog and link here on Chalkabration day. 

Chalkabration is always the last day of each month!

Be sure to visit as many of the chalkers as you can to see what they created with their bare hands and some chalk. 

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