Today, Ms. Mari gave us a lesson to remember on imitation poetry. We learned to use different pieces of writing to help us find inspiration and practiced using imagery to describe important events and people in our lives. In the morning, we began by looking at some wonderful poetry to imitate, including George Ella Lyon’s poem, “Where I’m From.” Using Lyon’s poem as a model, we sifted through our important memories and sorted them into categories, all about the places we’re from.
In the afternoon, we examined “Abuelito Who” by Sandra Cisnernos, looking at the way the writer used figurative and descriptive language to express her feelings about her grandfather Ms. Mari gave us plenty of other examples from her students’ writing and her own writing so we would be inspired. Of course, if we weren’t inspired by all of that, we would hopefully be inspired by Whitney Houston (Ms. Mari’s favorite person to imitate) whose musical stylings punctuated the afternoon. During our afternoon revision time, facilitators worked on final revisions and edits with the campers so that everyone will be ready for the anthology to be printed and bound. We were up to great things today, and the momentum will continue through the week to the celebration on Friday!
Quote of the Day: “Imitation is copying with goodness.” — J.J.
Lesson Learned: Imitation can help sprout nice poems from other people’s great ideas. — A Happy Camper