I was away for most of the weekend, and I don’t think the comments I made from my ipad posted. Sorry! I’m back home on my laptop so I will catch up.
This poetry idea is from Allan Wolf’s Immersed in Verse. The students I worked with last week and I are working on our poems. Here’s my draft:
Where I’m From
I am from Larry and Leslie
I am from cross cultures – a Midwesterner transplanted in South Florida via
Virginia, Indiana, Iowa, and Germany; an Army brat.
I am from cement, sand, and the smell of salt water.
From sunburns and fish scales.
I am from Umbrella trees and Bougainvillea.
I am from an aunt, uncle, grandparents, and great grandparents.
From meat and potatoes and empanadas
From pecan pie and Girl Scout cookies.
I’m from book-of-the-month club and visits to the library.
From Clean your room! and You’ve got til the count of three!
I’m from smoke, crashing pins, and snack bar food.
From competition – in academics and athletics.
From 80s music that got progressively louder as the decade passed, exchanging melodies for metal,
Michael Jackson to Metallica.
I am from divorced parents who remarried . . .each other.
They always expected I would go to college, but didn’t apply pressure.
I am from support, encouragement, and freedom.
I am from trust, respect, and an appreciation of independence.
All of these roots have opened countless doors, availed me of endless opportunities.