Reflection: Real World Applications Cornerstone "Where I'm From" Responding in Writing - Section 2: Backwards Brainstorming


I am not happy that the Common Core standards do not include a poetry writing standards.  Some of our students will grow up to have careers in writing poetry.  Maybe not their whole career, but part of it. They have to.  If we don't have kids grow up to become word artists, we lose music.  We, as a collective, lose our humanity.  We can't let that happen.  Poetry is important.  It's not my favorite.  My husband laughs at me when I say that I hate poetry, because he thinks I don't actually hate poetry.  He thinks I actually love it, but because of the emotional difficulty, I keep it at arms length.  He might be right.


So no, there's not a poetry writing standard.  But don't tell me that having students write poetry isn't preparing them for college or careers.  It is.  Not every kid is going to grow up and become an engineer, mathematician, or carpenter.  Some of them will grow up to be word artists.  This prepares them for that. 


It prepares them for life.  It prepares them to be human.

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Cornerstone "Where I'm From" Responding in Writing

Unit 7: Analyzing and Crafting Original Poems with George Ella Lyon’s “Where I’m From”
Lesson 5 of 8

Objective: Students will be able to produce writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. This is done by analyzing a poet's use of language, generating ideas for an original poem, and revising details to include figurative language and poetic devices.

Big Idea: Poetry is the exhilarating and heartbreaking act of creating art with language.

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