Hi, Poetry Friday friends. Are you ready for a robot invasion?
I have a new robot friend. Its name is Po-M. Po-M Bot is helping me with this week’s post.
We recently received a book from a robot-loving friend, author-illustrator Michael Rex. It’s called FACTS VS. OPINIONS VS. ROBOTS.
One of the poetry workshops I run with young writers is a persona poem. (Instructions on how to run the workshop are at Today’s Little Ditty).
I give each poet an image of a person to start with. Then we use a t-chart and record the FACTS we can observe about the image on one side, and the things we imagine about that person (OPINIONS) on the other.
This is a useful skill for children, especially today. Being able to discern a fact from an opinion sets a foundation for how kids interact with social media, news, and infotainment.
Speaking of facts, I read an article about robots recently and it inspired a poem.
“If You Want a Robot to Learn Better, Be Jerk to It”
Matt Simon, Wired Magazine, 11-6-2019
(Article is here)
Robots aren’t people
their feelings don’t get hurt
when someone takes their ice cream cone
or mocks their new plaid shirt.
Wait … Robots don’t wear plaid.
They’re metal, bolts, and brains
following computer codes.
Who cares if they’re called names?
And they don’t eat ice cream.
Not Mint or Rainbow Cream.
I must have seen an ice cream-eating
plaid-bot in a dream.
FACTS VS. OPINIONS VS. ROBOTS is a fun, informative book to add to your elementary classroom or home library. Maybe it will inspire your young poets to write some robot poems of their own.