It's dreaded FCAT week, and the students were weary from test-taking. Despite that, I think they wrote some great poems. I sent them on a scavenger hunt for words in the classroom -- any phrase or word they liked the sound of. Then, they were to assemble a poem with these pieces. Some students also found ideas from the many posters of our African-American leaders and wrote poems based on them, such as Jameka's "They Made a Change."
When I was
at the beach
I saw a tree
and named it
Paddington takes the air. The air takes Paddington.
African Americans who made a difference.
Who made a difference? African Americans.
You may trod me in the very dirt
You may write me down in history
with your bitter twisted
lies but still like dust I'll rise.
Bats fish for Knowledge
Bats at the beach
fish for knowledge
education you are not
in this world with
liberty and justice for all.
"They made a change"
Every day I think about back in the day
when so many people like Harriet Tubman,
Martin Luther King Jr and others risked their
lives for us and so they could
make this a better world.
I wish all those people could live to see that they made
a good change in this world
but I know if they lived to see their changes they
would be very very proud of themselves
because I'm very proud and thankful for them.
They made changes like having everyone getting together
and not just one color
they made it where no matter what color
you are, they changed how certain color of
people go to certain places.
These are the people that I
know if I had something that went wrong I could depend
on them to make it right. These people
are not just any kind of hero. They are special heros.
These heros could never be forgotten. Remember
they made a change not you or anyone else.