|at Two Writing Teachers!|
Last year, I was blown away by the amazing learning I came away with (and the fact that I got to meet Ruth Ayres!) This year, the highlight was an inspiring keynote from Ralph Fletcher. My favorite part was that he provided an opportunity for us to experience what it's like to write with a mentor text. He showed us one of his poems, "The Good Old Days," and then gave us a few minutes to write our own poem, using the first and last stanzas of his.
Since I loved to write poetry, it was really easy for me to create a poem with the same structure and a similar feel. This is what I came up with: (remember, the first and last stanzas are Ralph's!)
Sometimes I remember
the good old days
tromping through the creek,
muddy and laughing.
Baseball in the backyard
with my daddy's sure pitches,
barefoot in the garden,
my small rake in time with his.
Cutting tomatoes for spaghetti sauce,
my mom's smile hovering over my shoulder.
I still can't imagine
anything better than that.
|Helping Daddy in our old backyard!|
I can't wait to "see" you all for the March Challenge!!!