Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Where I'm From

Where I'm From

Where I'm from comes with a long rich history
Where my grandparents and their grandparents not only lived but survived
The Great Depression that knocked this country to it's knees
And my grandfather never could shake the memories
Of hunger, and loss, and struggle

Where I'm from my grandmother buried her father at 5
She remembered how cold the floors were in their rented room
And why they never needed closets
Because a hook on a wall was sufficient 

Where I'm from I feel the history of the town
I love the lighted trees on Broad Street that now is for relaxation
That was once the center of commerce
Where cotton dust filled the air as it was shipped down stream 
And the Cotton Block is now something where the city has a block party

Where I'm from keeps me connected to my past
And allows me to enjoy the beauty of my future.

In doing my poem I know I stuck mainly to the location aspect of where I am from, but at the same time, I connect deeply to those places.  I mostly connect so deeply because of the history that my family takes up in this town.  If you ever read Rick Bragg then that is the type of story telling I am used to, minus the drunks being in my family, they were cousins and such.  I would have to say I am affirming the story of the South.  I think history is important especially family history.  

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Online Participation

#ENGCHAT Experience:

I engaged in an #engchat on October 22 and I found it a lot of fun.  I liked having the ability to quickly converse and hope into conversations with fellow teachers from all over the country.  What I liked about this is the ability to move between conversations quickly.  There are a lot of ideas being brought up, links being shared, and basic sharing of information.  #Literacies November 1, is a planned chat and on this date is on Digital Peer Review, I intend to lurk on this one only as they are really asking experienced teachers about their own peer reviewing processes, however I hope to take away a good deal of information and some ideas on what I could include in my own class.

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