A couple of days ago, I turned on my phone to see that Yahoo had an article up about the kunimasu, a Japanese salmon believed extinct for the past 70 years. But lo and behold! A team of researchers has just found many of them in Lake Saiko, near Mount Fuji. These fish are not extinct at all, and they kept their secret for seven decades. I am very happy for the kunimasu and for us.
I began drafting this poem on Thursday, in front of a group of third and fourth grade students at Country Parkway Elementary in Williamsville, NY. These students were writing free verse poems, and after we talked about and read free verse for a bit, I modeled thinking and drafting on this chart.
Chart from December 16, 2010
by Amy LV
It's clear to see that today's poem did not end up in free verse after all. Maybe I shall try another kunimasu poem, a free verse one. If I do, I think it will be from the fishes' perspective.
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