I have a personal story to illustrate this connection:
I have a sister named Esther, who is an Aunt to over fifteen nieces and nephews and when I read this poem I immediately had to share it with all my children and we had a great laugh together.
A beast bit my aunt Esther
And managed to ingester
But couldn’t quite digester
‘Cause her dress was polyester
Now crazy old Aunt Esther
Is my favorite ancestor
Florian, Doulas. 1994. Aunt Esther. BiNg BaNg BOinG: Poems and drawings. 35. New York NY: Harcourt Brace & Company.
Use the power personalizing poetry can have in the classroom.
Have the children find a poem that has a personal message for them then share with a read aloud.