NSCDS PoetryFest: A set of collaborative “Short List” poems which shed light on the thoughts, secrets, senses of humor and lives of eight and nine-year-olds.

As part of a two week, all-school (K-12) Poetry Festival at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, IL, Third Grade Audio produced four “Short Lists” for one of the poetry assemblies.

What is a Short List? “It’s a list you create from your experience or research or daily life. You read it out loud for about 60 seconds and then tell us at the end what the list WAS.” (transom.org)

Here at Third Grade Audio, we think of them as a combination of a list poem and a riddle. We wrote Short Lists of all kinds and then took some of our favorite topics written by individual third graders and created group Short Lists – writing, recording and producing them jointly. We played them for an audience of roughly five-hundred people during the Poetry Festival.

LISTEN TO Short List #1 Can you figure out what the Mona Lisa, Chicago Blackhawks and ham have in common before you are told at the end?

LISTEN TO Short List #2 Can you figure out what a blender, shrunken heads and anchovies have in common before you are told at the end?

LISTEN TO Short List #3 Can you figure out what a shopping mall, a car without gas and a flashlight have in common before you are told at the end?

LISTEN TO Short List #4 Can you figure out what werewolves, computers and dresses have in common before you are told at the end?


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