Excellent work this first week, guys. After plenty of getting-to-know-you activities, procedures review, and name games, we finally got to real-life English class.
We learned and applied a few annotation strategies, and got after our first poem, too, George Ella Lyon's "Where I'm From."
After your small group discussions, you decided it was a lovely little poem reflecting on the speaker's special family moments and memories. Kudos to you guys, by the way, with how you handled our three close reading questions:
It's going to be a good year, I can tell. :)
Today we worked on writing our own "Where I'm From" poems, and like I said in class -- your experiences and your stories are wide and varied, and they are all important, and that's what makes this assignment so much fun. Click here and scroll down, and you'll find the template that is due on Monday.
And, as promised, here are a few pointers for the assignment...click to read on...
If the template provided isn't working for you or you feel stuck, you may want to consider doing the following:
Guys: remember that FAMILY looks different for everyone. Who you include, what you call home, and how you feel comforted is part of what makes you unique and gives you your own, individual story.
I'm so excited to learn more about you.