We have been working on BHH for the last week and a bit but I have extended the opportunity to reflect however students want for most daily reflections. Today however I asked students to use the framework to respond to the Poem Mama by Jacqueline Woodson. Which can be found here.
I start the year with a warning that sometimes we may be reading literature that has a powerful impact on you. Today I did not expect what occurred as I ask students to reflect we had some emotional students as they reflected on the text needing a minute alone to gain their composure.
Our discussions were brief post read, we have not achieved the classroom environment yet that students are ready to share verbally. I am ok with it as 2 weeks in I am not expecting everyone to feel the same level of comfort. I did however ask students to record their thoughts for me to share and I have a few that I would like to share as examples of how each person experiences a text in their own way.
Things I learned today
- Check student background before reading a poem about missing loved ones.
- The length of a response does not determine the impact.
- The emotional response of junior high students is much higher than elementary students.
3 thoughts on “Mama by Jacqueline Woodson (BHH)”
Cool stuff! Thank you for sharing the power of words.
Wow! You are incredible. Your students are so lucky to have you.
My students are incredible. I am the lucky one.