Monday, September 21, 2009

This Is Just To Say

Last weekend's poetry writing assignment was a huge success. I asked students to write a poem modeled after William Carlos Williams's "This Is Just To Say." Williams was a unique and fascinating poet. He turned observations of everyday life into works of art. If you didn't get a chance to read the original poem, you can see it by clicking here.

I wanted to share a couple of the students' poems. Every one of them did a terrific job, but here are four that stood out:

"This Is Just To Say"
By Alexander

I have eaten
your breakfast
that was on
your bed

and which you
were probably
to eat

Forgive me
it was delicious
so delicious
and not yours.


"This Is Just To Say"
By Justin

I have eaten
the cookies
that were on
the refrigerator

I knew that
I should have
them for my lunch

I was hungry
and too lazy
to make cereal
for my breakfast


"This Is Just To Say"
By Angela

I have taken
your last candy bar
that was
in your store

And which
you were probably
to sell

Forgive me
it was good
so inexpensive
so free


"This Is Just To Say"
By Ileana

I have gone
to the
amusement park that
was in the mall

and which you
were probably
to go to

Forgive me
you would have enjoyed it
so fun
and so exciting


I could go on and on. These were awesome! I look forward to reading more poems soon. Keep an eye out for announcements about future poetry assignments.


Imoen Grace said...

What wonderful poems! Please let your 5th graders know that I am impressed and plan on sharing their poems with my 5th graders.


Anonymous said...

The students are doing a wonderful job with their poetry. Make sure they are creating an anthology so when it is time for the 5th Grade Writer's Tea they have many many choices to choose from. Also, they will be able to have a portfolio on display.