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Global Poetry!

Posted by on May 7, 2013

Lately, we have been exploring poetry! We thought it might be fun to try a DIFFERENT kind of blog post this time around! Here is some “Global Poetry” for you to enjoy! You will notice some cinquain and diamante poems. Surprisingly, at the end, you MAY even notice an acrostic poem worked into a cinquain!

Blogging - such a powerful way to connect with the world!

Blogging – such a powerful way to connect with the world!



Long, long comments

Readers around the world

Having lots of exciting times

Great fun!


What a SPECIAL day ... and Geneva made us feel like we were RIGHT there, through the MAGIC of SKYPE!

SUCH a thrill to know that we are helping to make a difference!

Being the Best FOR the World


Books for Peru

Learning about the world

Blogging about the things we learn



A special blogging memory that NONE of us will ever forget!

A special blogging memory that NONE of us will ever forget!



Comments so long

Blogging’s very awesome

Ross Mannell is always giving

Blogs rock!

~Elijah & Davis


Working together can make a CHALLENGING job seem EASIER!


Cleaning, garbage

Making people happy

We’re being the best for the world


~Chris P.


The world IS a village … it’s BIG … but we are ALL in this TOGETHER!


Cool, global

Commenting, blogging, helping

Peru, Tunisia, India, Ukraine

Typing, learning, replying

Interactive, Lerds


~Tre & Amro

It's been a LONG project, but it has been SO worth seeing this rundown building become a functioning library ... complete with BOOKS!

It’s been a LONG project, but it has been SO worth seeing this rundown building become a functioning library … complete with BOOKS!

Peru’s Library


Helping Peru

Helping the library

We really like helping Peru


~Constantine & Nick

Learning WITH the world!

Learning WITH the world!



Home to people

A huge planet of blue

Countries as far as we can see



If we ALL work together … IMAGINE what we could accomplish!



Helping the world

Change the environment

Stand up so you improve the world


~Tommy & Danny

Learning WITH the world!

The world is BIG, but it seems MUCH smaller once you’ve FLATTENED the walls of your CLASSROOM!

The Earth

The Earth

Pick up garbage

 We donate money

Being the best for the world


~Lauren, Cemre & Joyce

Asking questions of our experts … learning WITH the world!



Helping the world

be the best you can be

We should all be good citizens

Take care


We are all one big FAMILY!


One at a time

Changing the earth each day

Helping children around the world


~Rayann, Rebecca & Zubayda

We think Earth Day should be EVERY day!

Earth Day

Earth Day

Clean up

Reusing for the Earth

Helping the world and supporting



Beginning to reply to comments INDEPENDENTLY!


GLobal learning

COnnecting to the world

Getting lots and lots of blog hits

So fun

~Ben & AJ

Working TOGETHER to put MORE books on the shelves in the Q'enqo Peru library!

Working TOGETHER to put MORE books on the shelves in the Q’enqo Peru library!



Books on the shelf

Working hard for education


~Chelsea & Jayden

16 Responses to Global Poetry!

  1. jayden

    Hi Mrs. Renton and class!
    I think that writing our poems was fun and hard. But it turned out as an AMAZING post.
    Have a GREAT night!;)

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Jayden!

      I agree! Writing cinquains and diamantes can be challenging, but you all did SUCH a great job! I am really THRILLED with the way the post turned out … and how all our OWN photos worked so well with each of the poems! I can’t WAIT to see how the Animoto post turns out with all our amazing marionettes! Have a GREAT night!

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

  2. Daytime Grandpa & Grandma

    Hello,Batallan Park Bloggers – we LOVED your latest blog. We had no idea what cinquain or diamantes poetry was all about – so had to go to trusty Google to do some research. I found it so interesting that I had to attempt doing a poem for you. I am not sure that it meets the exact criteria or what kind of a mark I would get for my efforts – but here it is!!!

    Joy and Learning
    Questioning, doing, giving
    Making a better world

    It was so much FUN doing that!!! Thank you for adding to our educations,too!

  3. Ross Mannell

    Hello Battalion Hawk Bloggers,

    I was fascinated by all of your poems and surprised to see I even rated a mention. 🙂

    Writing in many forms can be fun and a great mind exercise. Poetry, prose (not poetry), blogging, emails, snail mail, tweets, and so many ways are now at our fingertips yet, when I was your age, our writing was pen on paper or typewriters. It was sent by mail (not snail mail then as it was the only mail we had).

    Looking back in time, do I wish I was back? If it was a visit to the past, then yes but I wouldn’t want to live back then. The idea of being connected with the world was hard when we barely had contact with neighbouring schools except in sport. Now I feel a small part of a huge global classroom. It’s exciting what we can do and what might be.

    On May 22nd, my Extended Comments blog will have its 1st birthday. It’s been quite a journey along which we at times have shared. My latest post (number 130) was added today for Techie Kids in Michigan. It made me wonder how many words I’ve written in those 130 posts. I wasn’t going to try counting them but I thought I’d make an estimate.

    The Techie Kids post was about the middle in number of words in my posts. It had around 600 words. If that’s the average then 130 posts might have…
    130 x 600 = 78,000 words
    When I started the blog I had no idea where it might lead.

    Just like your post, the post for the Techie Kids involved poetry. They had prepared a story entitled, “Don’t Let the Bear Drive the Model T!” based on Mo Willems’, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus”. I found their story fun so set myself a task of writing something similar but then decided to make it a little harder by needing a line 2,4 rhyme. The poem/story was called “Don’t Let the Cow Drive the Whippet!” I also added a recording of me reading the poem. It took a number of hours to prepare but it was fun.

    Jayden’s comment sums up my post as well, “writing our poems was fun and hard”.

    If you would like to see my post and hear “Don’t Let the Cow Drive the Whippet!”, here is a link…

    I wonder if I will add an Extended Comment post on the blog’s birthday? The posts are never planned ahead so I will have to wait and see. 🙂

    Ross Mannell
    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

    • Christopher, Tre, Amro and Dimitri

      Hi Ross!

      We really enjoyed your awesome comment! We all think you’re a poet … but we didn’t KNOW it! Sorry, Ross, but you can’t go back in time … you need a time machine to do that! Happy birthday to your extended comments blog! Our blog’s birthday is in February! We didn’t know about the techie kids but we know you commented on their blog now! GOOD work! That’s a LOT of writing to do! We lOVE the poem about “Don’t let the cow drive the whippet”. Do you always do poetry? We think you should write an extended post for the birthday of your blog!

      Christopher, Tre, Amro and Dimitri 🙂

      • Ross Mannell

        Hello Christopher, Tre, Amro and Dimitri,

        Writing has been a hobby of mine for a very long time. Each week I enter two writing challenges for adults. We are given a prompt and have about 100 words to tell our stories. My stories are always G rated although the words can sometimes be hard to understand for younger students.

        If you enjoyed “Don’t Let the Cow Drive the Whippet”, one challenge gave a photo of a deviled egg and asked us to write a story in any form. I chose a poem…

        I have written longer stories with some reaching around 50,000 words but the longer stories have never been published. My favourite is one I called “Samuel Samantha”.

        As well as writing, I enjoy reading and commenting on student stories. I’m part of three groups who do this. They’re the 100 Word Challenge (100WC), the Five Sentence Challenge (5SC) and The Writer’s Club.

        Like the two weekly challenges I do, the 100WC and 5SC give students a prompt. 100WC students have about a 100 word limit. The 5SC is for beginner writers up to about Grade 2 and asks them to write 5 sentences. Both of these are based in England but are open to the world. I visit these each weekly.

        The Writer’s Club allows students to have their own blog for sharing any writing they like. They can also form interest groups and make friends with other members. This one started in Australia but is now open to any student. Writers earn points when they post stories, write comments for others, make friends with other writers or join interest groups.


        Ross Mannell (Team 100WC and Team 5SC)
        Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

    • Jayden, Lauren, Cemre, Rebecca, Chelsea, Rayann and Zubayda

      Hi Ross,

      Thank you for leaving a comment! We agree that blogging, emails, snail mail and tweets are all at our fingertips! Did you like working with pen on paper and typewriters? We would like to work with typewriters. Some of us would like to go back in time, maybe to meet relatives we don’t know. But, on the other hand it would be good AND bad. Wow. Your blog has a birthday. We wish your blog a GREAT birthday! We’re also wondering where your blog will lead us! The poem that you wrote was AWESOME! You’re a POET and we didn’t KNOW it! The pople you made was AMAZINGLY funny! We thank you SO much for leaving a comment!

      Jayden, Lauren, Cemre, Chelsea, Rayann, Rebecca and Zubayda 🙂

      • Ross Mannell

        Hello Jayden, Lauren, Cemre, Chelsea, Rayann, Rebecca and Zubayda,

        Before computers, I used pen and paper as well as typewriters. While I no longer need a typewriter, I still use pen and paper. I normally have a notepad and pen when I am out so I can write down ideas for stories or interesting things.

        Whenever I prepare a drawing for a post, I start with pencil on paper then use black pen to outline the drawing before scanning it into the computer. Here is a link to one on my blogs showing how the cow and car graphic was made…

        You wrote, “We’re also wondering where your blog will lead us!” The strange thing is that’s also true for me. I never know when something I see in a student/class blog will lead to an extended comment. Once the idea is there, I check on my facts and usually learn more about a subject along the way. If we keep our minds and eyes open, learning never stops no matter our age.

        Ross Mannell
        Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

    • James, Nick, Tommy, Constantine, Joyce and Ella

      Hi Ross,

      We agree … writing in many forms CAN be great mind exercises! Wow! We can’t imagine writing with just pen and paper! Did you have to dip the pen in ink before writing? We understand why you wouldn’t want to live back then. What do you do for your blog’s birthday? We didn’t celebrate our blog’s birthday. Maybe we SHOULD! How long do you keep your posts up before changing them? 130 posts in a year is a LOT! 600 words … THAT’ a lot! But … not as much as 78 000 words! We didn’t start the blog, but, when Mrs. Renton started it, she probably thought that TOO! That’s ironic that Techie Kids involved poetry too! Writing our poems was fun but hard. That poem by you was FUNNY … “Don’t let the cow drive the Whippet!” You should add the extended comment about your blog’s birthday!

      James, Nick, Tommy, Constantine, Joyce and Ella 🙂

      • Ross Mannell

        Hello James, Nick, Tommy, Constantine, Joyce and Ella,

        I mentioned in a comment to others I never know when something in a blog will spark a new extended post. Asking if I dipped pen in ink when I was at school was the spark. Here’s an extended comment…

        I don’t normally erase or change any posts I make. I am able to sometimes add links to old posts on new ones if the old posts help. I not only leave them on blogs, I keep backed up copies of posts on my computer just in case I needed to transfer to a new blog. Unlike class blogs where students change, my blogs are written only by me.

        By now you know what I had planned for my blog’s birthday. I had planned to send a gift to the class receiving an extended comment on or nearest the blog’s birthday. As it worked out, two classes received an extended comment the day after the blog birthday, your class and 4KM/4KJ in Geelong, Australia. While a teacher, I often liked to give surprises to my classes now I can do this for classes around the world. 🙂

        Ross Mannell
        Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

        • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

          Hi Ross!

          We had SO much fun with this comment for James, Nick, Tommy, Constantine, Joyce and Ella, that we ALL had to reply back! We STILL haven’t had the chance to experiment with Mrs. Renton’s special pen and ink … we were going to do that on Friday, but school was cancelled all over the city because of severe flooding. Don’t worry … we were all fine … and the school is fine … but the entire downtown area was shut down. And, many people were evacuated from their neighbourhoods because there was so much flooding in the low lying areas around our city. We are very sad for the people who were flooded out. We hope that we can experiment with the pen and ink on Monday, if school re-opens. Maybe we will even take some pictures. We know that we won’t be able to post them on the comment section but maybe we can send them to you by email!

          “Hi Ross. Thank you for your extended comment! Being an inkwell monitor sounds SO cool! They must have been REALLY strict to punish you if you accidentally smudged the ink! Did you LIKE refilling the inkwells? Two of us in a group of three would LOVE to do what you did, Ross, but the other one isn’t quite sure! We think it is generous of you to make a feather pen for your whole class. Next week, if we want to, Mrs. Renton is going to bring some pen and ink for us to try! We can’t wait until we use the pen!” ~Rebecca, Lauren and Cemre

          “Hi Ross. Thank you for your AMAZING comment! Was it fun being the inkwell monitor or was it a tough job being the inkwell monitor? We wonder how often you have to dip to write 100 words? Were you left or right handed? Were you one of the people who had to get smacked on their hands with a ruler? It must have been hard to twist your hand if you were left handed. But, if you were right handed you would be lucky I guess. Which pen was the easiest – the inkwell pen or the new and modern pens? Is there a special feeling to the pen that makes the part you hold really comfortable? When you use feathers do you sterilize the feathers? Thank you, once again, for your amazing extended comment!” ~Chris P., Danny and Elijah

          “Hi Ross! Thanks for leaving another AMAZING comment! We have a question! Ready? What is an inkwell monitor? Were you left-handed? Was it really that big of a deal if you smudged the ink? Ouch! Okay! Now that you talk about that ruler thing, we take that last part back! Were you sad when you lost your special job? We voted. Surprisingly everybody in our group would LOVE to write with a pen, inkwell and paper! None of us would like to write with a pencil. WOW! 12 years for a pen to last! That’s a lot! Thank you, again, for another amazing comment!” ~Ella and Jayden

          “Hi Ross. Thank you for your amazing comment! We wish that we got to se pen, paper and ink! Wow! We are allowed to use our left hand to write … but it is HARD! It kind of reminds me of Matilda … have you ever watched it? We actually tried smacking our left hand with a ruler … it really hurt! Ouch! Guess what? Mrs. Renton is gonna bring a pen and ink for us! Using a pen and inkwell sounds interesting to us!” ~Rayann, Chelsea and Zubayda

          “Hi Ross! Did you choose to be an inkwell monitor? That must of really hurt to be hit on the hand with a ruler. It would be hard to not smudge the ink on the paper if you were left-handed Did you like being an inkwell monitor? We all agree that i wasn’t as easy to change errors with pen and paper. What is a metal nib? Wow … after 12 years the feather still worked. That’s AMAZING! Mrs. Renton told us next week she will bring calligraphy pens for us to try. Is the feather on the feather pen dirty?” ~Constantine, Amro, Nick and James

          “We were so excited to hear about the feather and ink! Don’t some feathers have germs? You had a job in grade three? We have jobs too! I wonder how big the mess would be if you spilled the ink?!? That would be bad. If you had to write with a feather pen almost all the time writing, it would be hard considering you have to trim te feather. Mrs. Renton says on Monday we will write with a calligraphy pen! Thank you, Ross, for your wonderful comment!” ~Christopher, Dimitri, and Tre

          “Hi Ross. Thank you for another one of your extended comments! It is interesting how things can change so quickly! Did you do anything else when you were an inkwell monitor? Is the nib the part that you write with … the pointy part? We know how hard it is to write with your left hand. It would be because it would be hard to see your printing and it would totally smudge if the ink never dried fast enough. For example, Mrs. Renton’s Grandmother was smacked on the hand if she didn’t write with her right hand. It must hurt. Is it the same ink that is in a stamp pad now a days? Were you disappointed when you lost your job? We will enjoy the experience too! It’s cool that the pens still work. It must of been really hard to write with pen and inkwell. That’s pretty cool that the flow of pen is different tapping keys. Thank you so much for telling us about pen, paper and inkwells!” ~Davis, Tommy and Tyler

          “Hi Ross! Cool – you were an inkwell monitor? We have jobs, like door holder, but DEFINITELY not inkwell monitor! From listening to you, it sounds like painting and writing in Hogwarts from Harry Potter! We agree that it would be tricky not to smudge the ink. You would have to write without dragging your hand across the paper. Wow! That’s harsh, getting hit in the hand with a ruler! Jeez! Yeah … we’re lucky that teachers stopped doing that … or some of us would be going home with sore heads! Did you enjoy using a ball point pen more than using a pen and inkwell? We agree, most of us use pens for homework … and we have to scratch out mistakes! Do you prefer handwriting or printing, Ross? Yes, it’s almost like the universe evolved to something much safer than dangerous. It sounds messy but fun! Mrs. Renton’s Grandmother got smacked in the hand for smudging and ended up being able to write with BOTH hands … she was ambidextrous! Wow … long lasting! So, the pens were almost all feather? Like a pencil being sharpened! We agree that it is best that the adults sharpened the pens! Was being the inkwell monitor fun? That would be horrible if you didn’t hold it right … it would earn you a ruler smacking! Ouch!” ~Ben and AJ

          We sure hope we get to go to school on Monday … we can’t WAIT to try out the calligraphy pens! Thank you, Ross! We ALWAYS love your extended comments because we ALWAYS learn SO much!

          The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

          You can check out Ross’s Extended Pen, Paper and Inkwell comment here:

          • Ross Mannell

            Hello Battalion Hawk Bloggers,

            I know the problems flooding can cause. At this time there is flooding expected along our east coast down to Melbourne. A low large pressure has been bringing heavy falls in places.

            A famous Australian poem was written by Dorothea Mackellar in 1904 when homesick for Australia while in England. Her original title was “Core of My Heart” but is better known as “My Country”. The second stanza (section/paragraph) is the most famous…

            I love a sunburnt country,
            A land of sweeping plains,
            Of ragged mountain ranges,
            Of droughts and flooding rains.
            I love her far horizons,
            I love her jewel-sea,
            Her beauty and her terror –
            The wide brown land for me!

            This stanza speaks of the extremes of drought and flood in Australia. The first spoke of England as she found it and how she missed her home. The complete poem can be found with this link…

            Pen, Paper and Inkwell

            If you have a chance to photograph your writing, it would be interesting to see. I know your school year is almost over and time is running short so I understand if you can’t.

            Rebecca, Lauren and Cemre – The were two inkwell monitors per class. We only needed to check the inkwells each morning. I think I had enough pens so everyone in the class could try. There were many smudges and blots but no one was punished. 🙂

            Chris P., Danny and Elijah – I checked to see how many words I could write with one dip of the red pen in the photo. I would have to re-dip the pen after about five or six words so 100 words would probably need up to around twenty dips. I am right handed but I remember friends who were left handed struggling to change. It’s good they stopped trying to change children in the 60s. The modern pens are much easier to use as they dn’t tend to smudge and don’t need constant dipping. I had cleaned the feathers I found but they weren’t sterilised. I only collected feathers in good condition.

            Ella and Jayden – An inkwell monitor was a person whose job was to make certain ink was in each inkwell each morning. I am right handed. Neatness in books was very important. I had the inkwell job because I was a neat writer. I don’t remember being sad when I lost the job. It was much easier using ballpoint pens. The pens have only lasted that long because they haven’t been used for about eight years. When I was teaching, Grade 3 students would use pencils until the earned a pen licence by being neat. By half way through the year they would all be able to use pens.

            Rayann, Chelsea and Zubayda – I have Roald Dahl’s “Matilda” book in my book collection and the DVD in my DVD collection. It’s a wonderful story. When I started teaching in the 70s, teacher were allowed to smack children with their hand or a ruler and senior teachers were allowed to use a length of cane to hit children’s hands. From the beginning, I didn’t like the idea of hitting children in classes so I didn’t. I didn’t want children to be afraid. Now it is illegal to do so. I think caning was finally dropped officially in the early 90s but by then most schools didn’t use it.

            Constantine, Amro, Nick and James – I was chosen to be an inkwell monitor because I was a neat writer and was responsible. I can remember being hit on the hand with a ruler when I was in Kindergarten. A boy had accused me of throwing a stone at him (no, I hadn’t). Perhaps this is why I didn’t like the idea of hitting students when I became a teacher. The simple feather pen only had a sharpened calamus (the hollow shaft of the feather). I was able to buy some steel pen nibs to put into some feathers to allow finer writing and longer pen life. The feather pens were kept in containers in my home resources store area. For the names of parts of a feather…

            Christopher, Dimitri, and Tre – Feathers can have germs just like anything we touch including our own hands. While I did wash the feathers, they weren’t sterilised. The classroom floors were only bare timber back then so ink might leave a stain but could be wiped up. It would have been harder only having feather pens but, if that’s all you have, you wouldn’t think too much about it. I have added a photo of my old Grade 3 classroom building.

            Davis, Tommy and Tyler – I remember my inkwell monitor job but probably had other tasks at times such as handing out books or cleaning blackboards. In Grade 6 I was a crossing monitor. Teams of three Grade size students would look after the main road crossing outside the school. The leader of each would blow a whistle. The other two students would swing wooden beams out to show cars they should stop then children would cross. This wouldn’t be allowed today because of the danger for students. Times were often very different back then. Stamp pad ink is a little different. Stamp pad ink is more viscous (thick and sticky) than inkwell ink.

            Ben and AJ – Ball point pens were much easier to use than pen and inkwell but most convenient is using a computer and printer. It’s hard to change handwriting but easy to correct on a computer. When at university, I used a typewriter. It wasn’t until the 80s I was able to use a computer and printer for writing. I will use pencil or pen and paper when drawing. If I need a graphic for a blog, I draw it in pencil, outline it in black pen then scan it into the computer to add colour. I could use my graphics tablet to do the drawing but I like using pencil and pen. Here is a link to a post I wrote to explain how I make graphics for posts when needed…
            I have tried writing with my left hand but it isn’t very neat. If I kept practising, I would improve. Mrs. Renton’s Grandmother learned to use both hands because she had to or be punished. I’m also glad that doesn’t happen now in most societies. We should be allowed to use wichever hand is best for us.
            When I saw the Harry Potter films with feather pens it brought back memories of pens and inkwells. We never used feather pens when I was at school as our pens had plastic shafts and metal nibs but the films did remind me of the feather pens I made. In May last year I had to move some early extended comments from another blog to this one. One of my earliest extended comments had a little about Harry Potter. Here is a link…

            Ross Mannell

    • Ben, Elijah, Chris P., AJ, Davis and Tyler

      Hi Ross,

      Thank you for all your compliments about our poetry. We agree … it is good to write in many different forms. It’s a significant difference between the technology now compared to the technology back then! That’s funny because that’s exactly the opposite of what the people in the movies say! Happy birthday for your blog! We hope you get some great comments on your blog! Wink! Wink! 78 000 … that’s a LOT of words! Your a human calculator! We didn’t know who WE would meet … and it turned out that we met some of the nicest people we KNOW … including YOU! We can see how the post for the Techie Kids could involve poetry because poetry is on of the main ways of communication! WOW! What great ideas for a poem! We even have some ideas: Never let the kids drive the SCHOOL bus!!! Once again, it is a PLEASURE to respond to one of your interesting extended comments!

      Ben, Elijah, Chris P., AJ, Davis and Tyler 🙂

  4. Ross Mannell

    Hello Ben, Elijah, Chris P., AJ, Davis and Tyler,

    Just like you, I often have to work things out on a calculator or paper but 130 x 600 is one I can do in my head. All I do is multiply 6 and 13 then add the 0 in the 130 and two 0s in the 600. There are little tricks we learn the more maths we do. I have seen people who can multiply large numbers in their heads whereas I’d need a calculator. 🙂

    The extended comment I just added for James, Nick, Tommy, Constantine, Joyce and Ella is the 141st so that could mean 11 x 600 more words have been added. That is 6,600 words bringing the total up to 84,600.

    Your idea for a title is great. “Never Let the Kids Drive the SCHOOL Bus!” would open the way to many strange possibilities. 🙂

    Ross Mannell
    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

  5. Elijah


    I loved grade 3 so much . Grade 4 is fun to but not as fun as grade 3.

    From Elijah

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Elijah!

      What a LOVELY surprise to see your comment on the blog! I am glad that you loved Grade Three so much! I know you will LOVE Grade Four too! What is the BEST part of being in Grade Four so far? Have you been following the blog lately? You should see some of the AMAZING pictures of Ashli in the Amazon Jungle on the past couple of posts!

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

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