First of all — I LOVE when teachers have kids think of questions for the author in advance. Of course we NEVER stick to the questions on the index cards, but it gets kids to thinking beyond what kind of car do I drive and did it hurt to get my ears pierced. Pre-thinking makes at least some of our discussion time afterthoughts, which tend to make a better learning experience than random thoughts. Although, some of those are fun, too.
Since more than one of the questions had to do with form poems, I have to guess that was a topic of discussion in Mrs. Macejko’s class. I love Clint’s question and immediately envisioned a haiku sitting atop a limerick at an odd angle, like a jaunty hat. I asked Michael and he said that mixing the two would be like eating corned beef with chop sticks.
My afterthought is this:
The Japanese poem called Haiku
to the Limerick said, “how do you do?”
Each kept its design
then flashed a peace sign.
Both declined to blend in a stew.