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I am re-examining how I think about personal rereading. I typically do not because there are too many texts to read.
Several weeks ago I heard a podcast where an author chooses a poem and reads it every day for a month to see what happens. While I listening this seemed like a novel idea…and then I sat in my classroom yesterday introducing the book The Snowy Day that we are going to reread and work with all week.
I have used this practice for years! Now I know why I was drawn to read my poem for a week rather than a month. It is a pattern I have already established!
I had to laugh at myself how I sometimes do not make the connections between my personal reading life and my professional one.
There are joys in rereading. There are things you notice after several rereadings.
After each rereading I noticed new lines that sparkled to me that I wrote down. I use them as springboards for writing. When I chose Four Hours In Paris by Cynthia Zarin [Winter 2020 Paris Review] I noticed the concepts in the poem that I was teaching in my classroom! Maps were a topic last week and those lines popped out right away.
I noticed the objects that were listed in the poem that paced the story.
I connected memories that I had not thought about for years because of the lines I pulled out of the text.
The poem started with a map and ended with the color yellow.
This week with my kindergartners we will reread The Snowy Day and we will notice different things about Peter’s adventure in the snow! If we were in person we would go outside and mimic his footprints in the snow and smack trees with sticks.
My new poem for rereading is Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Margaret Atwood.
Do you reread?