"Greg the Zombie Dinosaur,
See him shuffle, hear him roar!”
Hello Poem Enthusiasts!
This week's read-aloud poem is about a zombie dinosaur named Greg who loses his head. Literally.
Greg the Zombie Dinosaur,
See him shuffle, hear him roar;
Shuffle… Shuffle… Shuffle… Roar! Roar! Roar!
Greg the Zombie Dinosaur.
One day Greg The Zombie Dinosaur,
Had a leg DROP and PLOP onto the floor!
Now Greg can’t shuffle anymore;
Poor Greg the Zombie Dinosaur.
“Students learn that poets not only think about what words they use but where to place the words on a page.”
-J. Paul Getty from the J. Paul Getty Museum
“CALLIGRAM: This is a picture poem made of letters representing an aspect of the poem. In this example the words are leaning across to reflect meaning: The sloping wall.”
-Pie Corbet, The Works Key Stage 1
A calligram! I’ve finally discovered an official name for the tricks I’ve been using with the type design in my poems. While poets use calligrams as a whimsical addition to their work, we can use them as a serious tool to aid our children’s fluency, decoding and comprehension skills.
Teach your students the character of typefaces (fonts). In Greg the Zombie Dinosaur, the typeface used when he’s roaring or shuffling is a broken, distressed one — just like broken and distressed Greg himself!
Assign a tone of voice and actions to this font during a shared read so that when they read it on their own, they’ll be able to inflect their voice accordingly.
Teach your children that when someone is SHOUTING THE WORDS MIGHT BE LARGE AND BOLD and when someone is whispering the words might be small and light.
Dynamically typesetting written work gives your children extra visual clues to help with their fluency. It makes the reading experience much more entertaining for them and for you!
Enjoy your week and enjoy reading every day.