A Yellow Weed Inspires Us – Poetry Inspired

Today the children in the third grade wrote a poem using a mentor text by Lilian Moore whose title Yellow Weed. the children listened as I read the poem which is one created with a sense of an echo. The poem is an ode which comes from the early Greeks, meaning to sing. In this poem through asking questions one is taken on a journey of the seed, singing to it high praises.

YELLOW WEED
How did you get here,
weed?
Who brought your seed?
Did it lift
on the wind and
sail
and drift
from a far and yellow
field?
Was your seed a burr that
clung to a
fox’s
furry tail?
Did it fly with a
bird
who liked to feed
on the tasty
seed
of the yellow
weed?
How did you come?

One student who lead us in our sharing of our writing was Tristen Cuthbert. Tristen’s poem was written to Snow White, or white snow.

How did you get here?
How did you get here
snow?
Did you drift from the sky
and go past the clouds,
and wave
on by?
Did you blow all over
and cover our world?
Did you come from up high?
I bet you tossed, twirled,
and swirled.
Did you come from heaven?
Did you fly like in a flurry?
Did you come to our world
making everything look blurry?

Twenty-First Literacies

 

Today I took part in an online presentation given by Troy Hicks who has written three books which you can find at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or Stenhouse. It was awesome in that it outlined the 21st literacies that are not emphasized in the Common Core but are the essence of what is required of learning to reach the goals of the Common Core. These digital literacies includes web-based writing which includes blogs, wikis, and web pages; digital presentations, audio text presentations, video text presentations, and social media presentations. This is a book for all educators as teachers and learners in a global community. As we open access of education to all learners, we must help students create in deliberate ways. Think of the students addressing your topic through creations of their own, links of their own, which add to their narratives, their voice, and their opinions with direct evidence from the text you select as well as from the text they select. This is education that offers meaning studies for all. The open education perspective must allow multiple types of devices, in ways that allow learning to take place beyond the traditional boundaries.