A while back, Michelle posted a wonderful list about happiness. Her slice is a lovely mentor text that could be used with both students and with teachers dabbling in their own writing. Michelle's post made me think of the book, Happiness is a Warm Puppy by Charles Schulz. I happened to find this little gem when I was digging through a box of discarded books in the teacher's lounge. The book was old, yucky, yellow, and torn and I couldn't wait to read it to the 4th graders I was working with at the time. It was a perfect book to introduce metaphors and an easy sentence model for the kids to play with in their writer's notebooks. All the students, even the reluctant or struggling writers in the class, were able to create touching Happiness is . . . lists. These lists sometimes looked liked poems. Some students used a particular Happiness is . . . sentence as a hook for a longer piece. Other students changed Happiness is . . . to Sadness is . . . or Loneliness is . . . and wrote multiple lists. This was also a great opportunity for students to choose their favorite list for publication in a class anthology. As I was writing my most recent Happiness is . . . list, I was thinking about how participating in the SOL Challenge is impacting me as a teacher and a person. I'm feeling poemy today.
Happiness is . . . time.
Time to notice. Time to think. Time to try. Time to write. Time to share. Time to sleep.