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Class Poetry E-book with Teacher-Made Examples


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Class Poetry E-book with Teacher-Made Examples

  1. 1. Sample Class Poetry E-book With Teacher-Made Examples
  2. 2. Just Because
  3. 3. Just because I’m short Doesn’t mean I can’t reach the chocolate chip cookies on the top shelf Doesn’t mean my greatest wish in the world is to be tall Doesn’t mean I can’t play basketball and win Just because I play video games Doesn’t mean that I can be described as violent and a future terrorist Doesn’t mean I don’t have a social life Doesn’t mean that my career choices are limited to gaming Just because I’m Asian Doesn’t mean my parents must own a gas station Doesn’t mean I don’t struggle with math and science Doesn’t mean I can’t speak English just as well as you
  4. 4. I Used to, But Now
  5. 5. I used to fight just to take out my anger on simple things. But now I listen to music to calm myself down and think twice about things. I used to think I could skip school and my life would still be ok But now I know that without school, my future is McDonald’s or Burger King. I used to run away from my problems, failing grades in school or fights with friends But now I face them head on and become the solution I used to feel torn in half by my parents’ divorce But now I try to enjoy the fact that I have two families who love and care for me I used to believe the negative things people said about me But now I know who I am and let the words bounce off of me, and I tell them so
  6. 6. Dear…
  7. 7. Dear Grandma, I would like to tell you that I couldn’t have made it this far without your support You tell me you can’t wait to see me standing on that stage, accepting my diploma You tell me I will become more than my father You tell me to dream big and believe in myself to accomplish every goal, one step at a time So during our next encounter When you tell me that you’re on my side I will tell you I am working hard to make you proud I will tell you I love you and I need you in my life And that’s a promise.
  8. 8. Dear Dad, I would like to tell you that I will no longer listen to you when you put me down You tell me I won’t become anything more than a burger flipper at McDonald’s You tell me I will never see the stage on graduation day You tell me I can’t see beyond the video games that I play So during our next encounter When you put me down without a second thought I will tell you that I have heard the last insult I will tell you I plan to prove you wrong And that’s a promise.
  9. 9. If My Fist Could Speak
  10. 10. I’m Like
  11. 11. Today I am like the turtle, slowly and steadily trying to win the race. Yesterday I was an island, wanting to be left alone. To my mom I am like a perfect flight on an airplane, I fly straight when I am told but still have my fair share of storms from time to time. To my dad I am a penny, taking up space, often thrown aside. My friends think I am like a “dice,” depending on the moment, I can be sweet, tough, thoughtful, a loner, angry, or a prankster. Really I am an actor, you can’t tell if I’m feeling down and just trying to hide it with a simple smile on my face.
  12. 12. If I Were in Charge of the World
  13. 13. If I were in charge of the world I’d create parks that every child could walk to, provide homes for the homeless, end wars and pollution. If I were in charge of the world, there’d be laughter and not hate, people working together to solve common problems, no more addictions. If I were in charge of the world you wouldn’t have to fear crime, you wouldn’t have parents who ignore their children, you wouldn’t have to worry about not having enough money for your next meal, or about bullies who don’t know how much pain words can cause. In charge of the world.
  14. 14. I Am
  15. 15. I am a hard-working teacher who still loves to laugh. I wonder how my students will do this year. I hear their brains clicking. I see the light in their eyes. I want them to want to succeed. I am a hard-working teacher who still loves to laugh. I pretend I am always in control. I feel like I’m swimming in quicksand sometimes. I touch the hearts and minds of others. I worry sometimes that I am not good enough. I cry when students share their pain. I am a hard-working teacher who still loves to laugh. I understand I cannot save everyone. I say I still need to try. I dream of being the best teacher I can be. I try to make my classes fun and relevant. I hope I never stop caring. I am a hard-working teacher who still loves to laugh.
  16. 16. Where I’m From
  17. 17. I am from dizzying hula hoops, from "cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs," and homemade book shelves. I am from the pink house with no garage, home for 15 years. I am from the hibiscus flower that I saw every summer day while walking with my grandma. I am from weekend picnics at the beach, starving after swimming. I am from my loving mother, caring father, and supportive brother. I am from the loud Asian family that was strict, yet caring. From "When are you going to learn to cook?" and "I expect all A's." I'm from Illinois, my birth state, from Florida, my home state, and from India, my heart. I'm from samosas and curry, Indian food almost every day. From the summer road trips to Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Canada, and more, with all the crazy laughs.
  18. 18. Credits [Some of the poems have been modified] “Just Because” - “I Used to, But Now” - “Dear…” - “If I Were In Charge of the World” - “If My Fist Could Speak” - “I Am”- “I Am From” -