George Ella Lyon’s wonderful poem “Where I’m From” as a model. A check of the poet’s web site shows that I’m not alone. A whole page is dedicated to the use of the poem as a writing prompt. “The list form is simple and familiar,” she says, “and the question of where you are from reaches deep.” People all over the world have followed her example, and the web site provides suggestions for using the poem as a jumping-off point to other kinds of writing. Making my own “Where I’m From” list helped me remember details from my past that could lead to new projects for me. Give it a try!
And remember to enter our contest for classroom teachers, librarians, and homeschooling groups. Try the Writing Workout with your students, then post a comment telling us how the lesson went. Include your students’ poems if you like. See the official rules here.
Out and About
Harvest Fest 2010 at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, reading and signing Waiting Out the Storm and Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move from 1-3 p.m. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by!
JoAnn Early Macken