Happy launch day to the Emerson Elementary School fifth graders! Today, Ms. Hill’s student poets finally graduate from work-in-progress to published book.
I’ve got something special planned for you, my friends.
Welcome to my Launch Day Challenge. It involves poetry, of course — this is National Poetry Month. It also involves hamsters. (I’ll explain that in a second.)
CHALLENGE PROMPT: Write a haiku about fifth grade.
It can be about your favorite teacher, the funniest thing that happened to you that year, or something that you were proud of. All subjects are okay.
Strictly speaking, these poems will be senryu. Never heard of them? Read more about senryu here.
HOW TO SUBMIT: There are two ways…
- Leave your haiku in the comments of this post.
- Tweet your haiku with the hashtag #My5thGradeAsHaiku. Be sure to tag me (@laurashovan).
DEADLINE: The challenge runs until 4/26.
You’ve got two weeks. I’ll announce winners on the last day of National Poetry Month, April 30.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?: I’m glad you asked.
Check out this amazing THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY prize pack. It comes with…
*a Refried Beans hamster plushie,
*a signed copy of THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY,
*a “Free Speech” pin,
*and a Save Our School button card.
ARE THERE ANY RULES?: I will select three prize-pack winners.
Be prepared — I may ask your permission to post winners’ and runners’-up haiku on my blog.
WHAT’S WITH THE HAMSTER?
If my book had a mascot, Refried Beans would be it. He is the only pet to appear on the cover (can you spot him in the third row from the top?), and he steals the show at the 5th grade science fair.
I can’t wait to read your #My5thGradeAsHaiku poems! Good luck and happy writing.
It’s a giggle that you have a hamster pet in this school story. Which as you know I ordered. It should be here anyday! Can’t wait.
And what a fantabulous offer.
Will have to get scratchin’.
You are managing the best launch ever, Laura & your readers appreciate it.
First School Dance
I asked him to Dance
Empty Sneaker on the floor
He’s hiding under the table
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