This week at Lake International we worked on “I am” poems, and self portraits. I discovered that when we started our poems, many students objected… because for some reason they think poetry is boring! We backtracked, and looked up some poetry slams for middle school. Students were very inspired! We also talked a lot about using interesting detail, and about descriptive language. We found that when we re-wrote our poems, they were much better. Maaliyah was the first to finish, and through sharing her poem, she was able to mentor the rest of the class.
I AM FROM….
I am from … homicide and women getting abused
From… not having a dad to help me with homework.
I am from being on lockdowns every day
And coming home at 6, when I got out at 2:15.
I am from where someone getting shot happens every day
I am from being diagnosed with ADHD
From Taylor and Hart
I am from happiness and love
And from hope
From trying again
I am from Christianity
From Combs and Bubby
From ribs and tacos
From falling down and getting up
And from standing up for what is right.
From being given a second chance.
I am from those moments in St Louis, where we were at the bottom.
Students also did self portraits. Crystavia traced hers twice, and created this amazing piece of art:
We have a new family from Iran, and they have amazing stories to share. When I sat down and talked with Saaed, he was sure he had nothing interesting to say. The more we talked, the more he revealed. His early life was spent in a tent in the middle of the desert. Wolves came out at night, and the hot sand was full of scorpions. But he had so much fun too, playing with his brother, climbing the only tree around for miles, and using sticks to poke scorpion holes.