Listen to the teacher when she's not talking. Listen to the radio when it's not on. Listen to a river when it's not flowing. Listen to yourself when you're not listening.
from Salting the Ocean: 100 Poems by Young Poets selected by Naomi Shihab Nye (2000).
Introduction Try reading this poem "Listen" out loud with two groups, alternating the lines.
Extension What do the children think about seeing published poems by other children? Encourage the children to talk about their responses to these poems and to share where they get their own ideas for writing.