Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Water - Writing about Contrasts

Watery World
by Georgia LV

Photo by Amy LV

Students - Sometimes it is fun to trace back the family tree of a piece of writing - where did it come from? Well, this one came from a few places. One place it came from is a poem that I've read a few times this week, The Place I Want to Get Back To by Mary Oliver. The last few lines read -

If you want to talk about this
  come to visit. I live in the house
    near the corner, which I have named

Mary Oliver's poem got me thinking about what I'm grateful for.

Then, I came across the drawing above that my daughter Georgia drew.

I did some reading about informational texts, particularly compare and contrast.

I also remembered this book -

And all of this led to to today's poem!

Try it - find a piece of writing you've done (or write a new one) and then trace it back.  Find its relatives and see where it came from in your attic-mind.

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  1. My students studied water & the issues all year one year for our class unit study; I would have loved to have this then. It takes the circumstances right down to the core. (Find/Read A Long Walk To Water by LInda Sue Park). Thanks, Amy! Wonderful!

  2. Glad you stopped by my blog. I'm going to lurk around. I've been told to now write poetry (well rhyme), but oh... I love to read it.