I thought I’d begin to write some lessons for beginning the school year in writing workshop, and then write for the lesson, too.
This lesson concerns students creating a visual of something that inspires them, something that helps the words come together in a satisfying way because they care about the topic. They can take their own photos, sketch something that invites a memory, or look at sites like Flickr for photos that motivate.
I recently spent time at our cabin in the Rockies, and took pictures that pleased me as I took a familiar walk near the cabin. We’ve owned the cabin since our children were small, and I have so many memories of this place through the years. Here are the photos, for which I wrote some haiku, a traditional form of poetry that is usually about nature; and 15 words or less poetry, an idea found on Laura Salas’ blog.
The bridge carries us
o’er the stream to the meadow’s
blooms and butterflies.
Woodsy walks, and greenest sights
lead us on unplanned journeys
to find new magic.
Imagine in this leafy green
the sweetest fairy, flute in hand
to accompany the wind.
My reading rock memory
shows Sarah with pillow and book
reading at her favorite place.
Softball laughter here-
memory of thwacking balls
Daisies were first base.
The brook flows down to splash
on rocks and branches
pushed in by winter’s thaw.
Visits here hold somber thoughts,
wondering what happiness is held
still buried in the foundation.