Two classes have come to the media center so far to create book spine poetry. I got this idea last year after reading the 100 Scope Notes blog.
To make a book spine poem, you arrange a stack of books so that the titles create a poem. Each title of a book becomes a line in the poem.
In my lessons, we’ve done some examples together and listened to past examples from classes. Students get in groups of 3 and wander around the media center browsing the shelves for interesting titles that seem to fit together. Once they make their decisions on 3-5 books, they pull the books off the shelf and arrange them in a stack.
Stacks of books go to tables and a teacher helps students take a picture of their stack.
Next students bring the camera to a computer where another volunteer helps them download the picture into a class file. Students then find a space to practice reading their poem aloud.
Once ready, students come to me and use Photo Story 3 to record themselves reading their poem.
When students finish checking out, they sit on the carpet to hear their final product.
Enjoy listening to one of the book spine poems here.