National Poetry Month, Celebrating Student Work 11/30

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I just love what they fourth graders did with these “deeper thinking” poems.

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What does Amiri Baraka know?
Amiri Baraka knows the sound of black music
He knows the smell of fresh air
He knows the taste of adventure
He sees every one staring at him in the crowd

What does Amiri Baraka know?
Amiri Baraka knows the sound of people
He knows the smell of the big wind breezes
He knows the feel of him selecting the poems
He knows the taste of spice
He sees the world

Elizabeth V.
4th grade

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Thank you Elizabeth for introducing me to this poet.
What does Booker T. Washington know?
he knows the sound of silent students
he knows the smell of sweating guys
he knows the feel of hard work and pain

Nevaeh C.
4th grade

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What does Stevie Wonder know?
he knows the sound of the piano
he knows the feel of the
he knows the sound of music

Jacob S.
4th grade

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What does W.E.B Du Bois know?
W.E.B Du Bois knows the sound of crowds
knows the feel of segregation
sees the Niagara Movement

What does W.E.B Du Bois know?
knows the sound of pain
knows the feel of medals
knows the taste of freedom

Jovani G.
4th grade

National Poetry Month, Celebrating Student Work 2/30

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One fourth grade teacher had his students research different African Americans.  Students wrote poems based on Joyce Sidman’s “What Do Trees Know?” poem in library.

What does Langston Hughes  know?
knows the sound of jazz
knows the smell of peace
knows the feel of poetry
knows the taste of music
sees the freedom

Aaron C.
4th grade
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What does Harriet Tubman know?
Harriet knows the sound of slavery,
Harriet knows the feel of courageous acting during the civil war,
Harriet sees hard working people.

What does Harriet Tubman know?
Harriet knows the sound of the underground railroad,
Harriet knows the feel of escaping from slavery in 1849,
Harriet sees angry slave masters.

Avahlynn R.
4th grade

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What does Lorraine Hansberry know?
Lorraine Hansberry knows the sound of clappings
She knows the smell of fresh air
She  knows the taste of air

What does Lorraine Hansberry know?
Lorraine knows the sound of people singing
She knows the smell of  breathing
She knows the feel of sweat
She knows the taste of apple

Brina N.
4th grade

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What does Herbie Hancock  know?
knows the sound of piano
knows the smell of sweat
knows the taste of air
Sees audience

What does Herbie Hancock know?
knows the sound of claps
knows the smell of food
knows the feel of jazz instrument
knows the taste of fruit
Sees band

Cameron S.
4th grade