#SOL15: Day 20, Voices Found in Story

Building on our work in Read Aloud this week (see Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday posts), I read Jacqueline Woodson’s Each Kindness. Students are very familiar with the story; we’ve read it multiple times at the beginning of the year.

Students were asked to take on the voice of one character. They wrote in their notebooks as I read, stopped and asked: what do you think and feel.

Their choice of character split down the middle. Those who chose Maya had similar reactions, a mix of hurt and confusion. The Chloe choice showed differing responses.

Asking students to be the character; to write in the voice of the character has moved their writing about reading. The difference in reactions to the Chloe character maybe due to the various ways students interpret her through their personal lens.

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The following is a found poem based on six students responses.

I am Maya.

Who is this person?

Why is this girl getting away from me?

I think she doesn’t like me; isn’t happy with me.

Feel lonely cause they

didn’t want to be my friend.

Can’t ask they’ll say no

I will not tell the teacher

Hate this place, left out

Feeling scared.

People are whispering

they’ll reject so I just play by myself

Left out

and I want to go.

I am Chloe

why is she so shy?

should I smile back?

should I be her friend?

why next to me

eww I don’t like her

she has poor clothes


she’s poor

has no friends

I never want to be her friend

laughing because she was sitting by herself and

has a pretty party dress but looks like

second-hand store

Why am I being so mean?

Should I say sorry?

Should I play with her? She is nice to ask.

Why am I being so mean

Should I compliment her

Her dress is pretty but it’s used.

Maybe it’s new.

Why won’t she come over

Where did she go?

Should have been kind.

why didn’t I smile back?

Why was I so mean?

When will she come back

Want to smile back

be nice to Maya.

Tomorrow’s the last day in our picture book series. We’re reading One Green Apple.


Thank you, Anna, Beth, Betsy, Dana, Stacey and Tara of Two Writing Teachers blog for hosting the Slice of Life March Story Challenge. Read other bloggers slices here. 11454297503_e27946e4ff_h

Slice of Life 31: Found Poetry

It has been a wonderful month, gone by so quickly. Thank you  TaraAnnaDanaStacey,  Betsy  and Beth  and all the bloggers who have contributed to  Two Writing Teachers  Slice of Life Challenge 2014. I hope many will keep slicing weekly–look for you tomorrow. Enjoy the month’s final slices here.
11454297503_e27946e4ff_hYeah WE did it! Number 31 of 31! Right here. I say we because without the community this wouldn’t be. The comments were so wonderful. I wanted to explore the comments, and see what I might find.

Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made from newspaper articles, street signs, graffiti, speeches, letters, or even other poems.

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I “found” this poem in the comments on my posts by  Terje, Tara, Fran, Linda, Elsie, Leigh Anne,  Ramona, Nancy, Stacey, Richard, Jaana, Kevin, Katherine, Margaret, Kim, and Michelle.


experience challenge
find inspiration
share gratitude

virtual me enjoyed
your thinking

the power of the small

just listening
“check I relate”

not judge
conversation critical!

so many “what ifs”
real work, naturally, like everything else

 magic memory

leap of faith jump and participate
uncomfortable territory
the process is paramount

The pains of growing
the comfort of knowing
someone will “listen”

incredibly strong
discipline and team.
What a treasure

words hushed

tender lasting memory
we would not likely ever forget
a lump in my throat

thoughts and actions mingled and changed