We will begin with silent reading.
Today you will work on your Where I’m From… poems.
Here is a template to help you (if you need it).
- Write down your favourite thing to eat. Describe some of the characteristics if you can. (I am from macaroni and cheese with breadcrumbs on top, fresh from the oven.)
- Think about your journey to school every day. Record the stores, parks or landmarks you pass on the way to school. (I am from the coffee shop on the corner of Elm and Princess Streets.)
- Write down a favourite family saying.
- Describe an old toy or a keepsake that you will never throw away (for example, a model car, a photograph, a concert ticket stub).
- Describe the place where you keep that special item (in a drawer in my bedside table, in my wallet; on a shelf in the garage).
- Name the place you wish you could return to when you have more time and/or money. (My grandmother’s home in Jamaica.)
- Think about holiday food, songs, and traditions. Describe them. ( I am from tourtiere on New Year’s Eve.)
- Write about daily happenings. (I am from an alarm clock that always rings right on the dot of 6 a.m.)
“I’m From the Woods….” by Nick
I’m from the woods and the creek behind my fence
From the gray wooden backyard deck.
I’m from the honeysuckles,
The pear trees by the neighbor’s garden
From the creek when I swing over it.
I’m from the yellow walls of Grandma’s kitchen
From the Yorkshire pup, the coolest thing in my family.
I’m from macaroni pictures of the Ark
From “I just can’t snap my fingers and make it happen” and from David the Gnome in summers long ago.
I’m from my mom’s side of the family,
From roasting turkeys for each holiday,
From when Papaw yelled at his boss and got fired
From the family pictures in the big wooden cabinet and
From the family gathering when we drag them out.
I am from those moments.
A root that no one sees, but walks all over
An important part of the tree.”
Where I’m From…. by Lauren
I’m from baths in the kitchen sink,
From Downy and Mom’s perfume
I am from flowers by the fence (yellow and springy
they tasted like crayons).
I am from the ivy crawling up the house,
The baby tree whose sturdy trunk shot from the ground
A mirror image of my planted feet.
I’m from sprinkles and plastic table donut shops
From Bert and Ernie
I’m from stupid heads and dot dot I got my cootie shot
From don’t touch this and don’t touch that.
I’m from Hymn No. 96 and why is this piece of bread so small?
And bible crafts made from neon pipe cleaners.
I’m from Bill and Darlene’s branch
From hot soup and freshly baked corn bread
From the Well, when I was little’s and the snowy games
Told to me by Green Bay Packer season ticket holders
In the storage room are boxes
Overflowing with shiny, color-coated memories
Bundles of dreams kept alive
To ask my mother about.
I am from those moments
A leaf changing color with the weather
Time only strengthens the branch that holds me.
Your carefully edited and neatly presented poems will be due on Monday, May 27th.
We will begin with silent reading.
- diction: word choice
- didactic: intended to teach
- dilemma: A situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, esp. equally undesirable ones.
- dramatic monologue: A dramatic monologue is a poem that shares many features with a speech from a play: one person speaks, and in that speech there are clues to his/her character.
Irony is the difference between appearance and reality.
The reader knows more about the events of a story than a character within it. Characters’ beliefs become ironic because they are very different from reality, and their intentions are likewise different from the outcome their actions will have.
The words of a character have a hidden meaning as well as an apparent one.
There is a discrepancy between what is expected to happen and what actually happens.
A double level of meaning is continued throughout a work by means of a participant in the story whose judgment is impaired by prejudice, personal interests or limited knowledge.
I will share another example of a narrative essay, and you will have time to work on your own. Topic: The best gifts are the simplest.