ROUND ONE: 8-adroit vs. 9-stratum


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    • Classrooms should submit one vote as a class.
    • Students can then vote again individually from home.

Things to Consider in Making a Choice:

  • How well the poem incorporates the authlete’s assigned word.
  • Technical elements: meter, rhyme, form, shape, and other poetic standards.
  • Creativity: wordplay, imagery, unusual approach, etc.
  • Subtle elements that make the whole greater than the sum of its parts.
  • Your overall response: emotional reaction such as admiration, tears, laughter, terror, or some indefinable feeling.

Here are the poems:

8-adroit
What They Do Best
by Michele Krueger

dogs are proficient at digging
and chewing leather shoes

ducks are adroit at quacking
cows are the masters of moos

fish are experts at swimming
a monkey’s at ease in the trees

spiders are adept at spinning
and honey’s the genius of bees

vs.

9-stratum
The Discovery
by Kai K. Zander

Beneath the epic pile of dirty socks
The sausage pizza that’s now a rock
The magazines with One Direction
And Twilight Saga book collection — I see it.

Under the shirts, skirts, puffy coats
and the missing downstairs TV remote
Is a new stratum! A layer never seen before!
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you … my bedroom floor!!

 




8-adroit vs. 9-stratum: Which Did You Prefer?

  • 8-adroit (Michele Krueger) (45%, 145 Votes)
  • 9-stratum (Kai K. Zander) (55%, 179 Votes)

Total Voters: 324

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  • http://www.quinettecook.com Quinette Cook

    Good luck ladies. It will be fun to see what you do with your words.

  • http://readingyear.blogspot.com Mary Lee

    Ooh! This is going to be a great round!

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Yikes. Um, I mean–what fun these words will be to work with:>) Can’t wait to see your poems!

  • http://www.NoWaterRiver.com Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe)

    Huh. These words are so closely matched in difficulty — this will be a fun round to watch! Good luck, ladies!

  • Michele Krueger

    Thanks, girls!

  • http://www.mainelywrite.blogspot.com Donna

    And the excitement builds! When will we see what your poems will be! Any minute, right? I want to see this one. Great words!

  • http://www.NoWaterRiver.com Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe)

    Kai is clever! Michele is marvelous! But cows are the masters of moos! I’m in love!

  • http://www.stephenwcahill.com Stephen W cahill

    Brilliant effort from both. For me though, with her funny little tale, that every child can relate to, the only way is Kai! Hope you stick around – I want to read more!

  • http://www.quinettecook.com Quinette Cook

    Kai must have seen my family room!
    Michele what a lovely poem. Something sweet about it. (Maybe the honeybees.)

  • Heidi

    Both great treatments–I love the voice in Kai’s (sounds SOO familiar, and the images could come right out of our house), but Michele’s appeals to the K teacher in me and is overall a bit tidier. I could take this straight into my classroom today!

  • http://thinkinginrhyme.blogspot.com Mrs. Harvey

    So clever on both counts! I do love the familiar rhythm of Michele’s poem. And Kai, I feel like you have been in my house!

  • http://www.lindaboyden.com Linda Boyden

    Kai, do you know my son? That was his teenaged room! And Michele, lovely snippet on farm animals! Good luck to you both!

  • http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

    Such well-tucked words! Kai made me laugh (and feel good that no one can see through this screen to the layers in my office) and Michelle made me appreciate how each creature has a gift. I adore, “…honey’s the genius of bees”.

  • http://www.buffysilverman.com Buffy Silverman

    Congratulations to both of you on two terrific poems. Love the uncovering of the stratum of the bedroom floor. But also love the genius of bees, and the perfect rhythm of What They Do Best!

  • Michele Krueger

    Kai, glad you are cleaning up your act! Clever!

  • http://catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com Catherine Johnson

    Each so diffrrent, both a joy to read. Well done!

  • http://www.pennyklostermann.com Penny Klostermann

    Enjoyed them both! Had to think on this one…very tough choice!

  • http://susantaylorbrown.com Susan Taylor Brown

    Oh these are both terrific and I wavered back and forth before finally making my choice. Well done!

  • kai

    OMG! I just found out there were comments! Thanks so much for the encouragement everyone!!! Michelle, I’m rather looking forward to saying “I got slayed by Krueger!!” Awesome work! Privilaged to have the opportunity to “battle” you.

  • kai

    oops – typos – – I can’t type on iPhone and eat ice cream at the same time!

  • http://www.loridegman.com Lori Degman

    This was a hard choice!!

  • Carrie Finison

    I voted on this earlier in the day, and honestly can’t remember which one I voted for because I like them both. I love the voice in Kai’s piece, and in Michelle’s piece, I love how she made an unfamiliar (to many kids) word understandable. Great work, both of you!

  • http://readingyear.blogspot.com Mary Lee

    Michelle gets an “Ahhh” and Kai gets a “HA!”

  • http://www.robynhoodblack.com Robyn Hood Black

    Well said, Mary Lee! Hats off to both – so creative and delightful. I was completely captured by “cows are the masters of moos…”

  • Michele Krueger

    Thanks, all, for your lovely comments. The best part of this entire event is the sense of connectedness I get to feel with such a national group of lovers of children’s poetry.

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    These are both so wonderful! I love the elegant simplicity and word choice in Michele’s poem, and I love the voice and humor and ending of Kai’s. Brava!

  • Lori Modzierz

    Michelle, your poem sings with a joyous rhythm! Love the alliteration amongst the perfect rhyme!!

    Kai, hilarious storyline!!

    Best of luck to you both.

  • Maxx

    Michele! This is great. So cool! Your family back in kansas is rootin for you

  • Michele Krueger

    Thanks, Maxx! I need a little Jayhawk spirit right now!

  • http://www.thinkkidthink.com Ed DeCaria

    This countdown clock was actually fine. This poll closes at 2:10pm Central. Sorry for any confusion.

  • Janet F.

    I see we are well represented in the animal kingdom. There are poems with spiders and ducks, an inchworm, an aardvark, cats, puffer fish, dogs and more. A menagerie of poetic zoology! Not to mention the roles of archeologist, farmer, builder, teacher, dreamer and more. Poems can take us anywhere. The authletes make voting a chore for sure.

  • Renee Holmes

    So sweet and full; your poem. Good luck! I voted for you because your poem is about the Mysterious non-humans and is something I would have loved for my son when he was smaller…Love, Renee

  • Renee Holmes

    I did not know about this website before today…you are all such a lovely group of people. Difficult choices…and no time left! Love to all

  • Michele Krueger

    Thanks so much, Renee.

  • http://julielarios.blogspot.com Julie Larios

    “the master of moos” – oh, I love that!

  • Brady Krueger

    Hi, Michele,

    I still liked yours better!

    Love you!!

  • Ruthie

    These are both awesome!!! In my humble opinion, the best round of the bunch.

    Michele’s is like a song begging to be recorded. If only I played the guitar. Or the piano. Or the piccolo. Or anything!

    Kai’s has a distinctive narrative voice and kinetic energy, and it’s downright laugh-out-loud!

  • http://na kelly Martens

    Michele,
    I loved it- you are so talented. I am so glad I got to read your poetry!
    Love
    Cousin Kelly

  • nancy Goldberg

    Michele you are great! Keep up the fabulous work.
    Love,
    Aunt Nancy