6. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Martin Luther King, Jr….Two novel ways to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday can be found in the Clerihew format and at www.findagrave.com by posting a poem or a message in virtual flowers at the bottom of the page that features Martin Luther King, Jr.’s portrait and gravesite. Write a Martin Luther King, Jr. Clerihew and send it to your mailing list while encouraging your list-mates to forward your Clerihew or to write one of their own for forwarding. Make copies of your Clerihew and give it out at your community workday on Monday. Here is my simple Clerihew salute:

Martin Luther King,

His message of peace and freedom did ring.

Throughout the land and in all places,

To every hue and for all the races.

______Tom Palumbo

Clerihew poems (A, A, B, B) by E. Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956) are four line poems that use a person’s name to generate a creative and descriptive writing form. Most Clerihews start with just that person’s name. If the key name isn’t easily rhymed like Rick Orange, the name can be placed anywhere in the first line (Rick Orange is a teacher, His mother wanted him to be a preacher). If you are looking for other neat poetry formats please go to my site___thomasjpalumbo.wordpress.com and download their directions in Poetry from the tool bar. Click follow me for additional holiday ideas that will be coming up and my salutes to Harriett Tubman and Sylvia Plath.

Here are some others celebrated in a Clerihew. If you teach, use this format in your classroom or a home with your children.


Henry Ossawa Tanner…

The Banjo Player

A Painting By Henry Ossawa Tanner

Sitting on his lap.

Plucking at the strings.

Grandpa’s talking music,

And loads of other things.


Harriett Tubman…

The Rescue

Harriet Tubman is a story that must be told,

She saved 1700 slaves by being bold.

She was master of the woods and of the night.

Philadelphia’s Quakers recorded each flight.

William Shakespeare…

A playwright and a poet…William Shakespeare

In his sonnets a ‘dark lady’ did appear.

Macbeth, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet might,

Keep scholars and readers pondering all night.


Andrea Bocelli (Blind Tenor)…

His talent and his message

Sing out so loud and clear.

Don’t let a handicap hold you back

From things important and dear.


About tjpalumbo

Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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