Tuesday, 1 November 2016
PF tag

Laura Purdie Salas is hosting Poetry Friday this week. Visit WRITING THE WORLD FOR KIDS to check out all of this week’s poetry posts.

Hello from Klamath Falls, Oregon! In real life, I’m on the West Coast to do some school and library visits with my good friend Janet Sumner Johnson, author of THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE PB&J SOCIETY.

But online, I’m guest-blogging this week at poet and children’s author Jacqueline Jules’s blog, Pencil Tips: Writing Workshop Strategies.



Empty protein powder jar.

When Jackie asked me to put together a workshop or activity, I decided to get crafty. I dusted off my long-neglected glue gun, grabbed some wrapping paper scraps, and got busy… making a poetry prompt jar that Ms. Hill’s class would be proud of.

There is one and only one of these beauties. I am giving this prompt jar, full of poetry prompts from my book, away to one class! Leave a comment on this post to be entered in the giveaway.

UPDATE: The drawing will be on Monday, November 21, after NCTE. See you there!


Glue gun!

You can read full instructions for creating a Poetry Prompt Jar (just like the one in THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY) at Jackie’s blog. Meanwhile, enjoy the photo gallery of my prompt jar in progress.

There’s a photo of the finished product at the Pencil Tips blog.

Good luck with the giveaway!


My kids don’t need those “Magnetic Poetry for Kids” tiles anymore. Time for a poem!


Almost finished.

21 responses to “Poetry Prompt Jar Giveaway”

  1. LOVE it! I actually made a couple of these this summer. Used a Dickinson poem for the words….but kids can put them together anyway they want to! They are in my middle school library.

    • Laura Shovan says:

      Thanks, Linda. That sounds like fun. Another prompt idea is to take lines or titles from other poets’ poems and use them as a jumping off point.

      • Linda Mitchell says:

        I’m copy-catting Linda B. I have lots of poetry prompts in my library for students to use and for teachers to borrow. So, If you draw my name…..Please take the prompt jar to NCTE with you and say a Teacher Librarian wants YOU to have this to some wonderful and unsuspecting teacher 😉

    • Kristie Hofelich Ennis says:

      Love this idea! A lot like our #wonderjar from Wonderopolis!

  2. Laurie Wig says:

    My class and I loved The Last Fifth Grade…, talking with you yesterday, and want to be included in the give away drawing! Thanks so much!

  3. Linda Baie says:

    It’s a great idea, Laura. I long had a poetry/writing prompt box of ideas. Hope you’re having fun in that beautiful part of our country!

  4. Tara says:

    Oh, this does sound like fun! Looking forward to seeing you at NCTE!

  5. What a great idea! How creative to make the jar magnetic.

    • Laura Shovan says:

      Hi, Brenda. I wish the jar were magnetic! I had to hot-glue the poetry tiles to the plastic jar. Messy, but fun.

  6. Fun! I’m going to go share this, Laura! (When does the giveaway end?)

  7. Mary Lee Hahn says:

    What a fun idea! Ms. Hill would be delighted!!

  8. […] Poetry Prompt Jar will run through the NCTE Conference. I’ll draw a winner on Monday, 11/21. Find out more and enter here. – – Are you going to NCTE? It will be my first time attending. I’ll post my […]

  9. Florence Scott says:

    What a fabulous idea! I’d love to be entered to win this! It would add to the great plans I’m creating from the inspiration at NCTE 16! ?

  10. Donna Friend says:

    What a fun idea! Thanks!!

  11. Tia Miller says:

    What a great idea! I’d love to be entered to win!

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Laura Shovan

Laura Shovan is the author of the award-winning middle grade novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary. Her second book, Takedown, is a Junior Library Guild and PJ Our Way selection. Look for A Place at the Table, co-written with Saadia Faruqi, in 2020. Laura is a poet-in-the-schools Maryland.

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