The 6th grade Poetry unit is wrapping up at school. We had just finished reading "Laughers" by Langston Hughes. The original title of the poem was "My People". I assigned my ELA class the task of writing a poem about who they felt their people were. The variations were wonderful and surprising. I explained that we have many different people with whom we identify as we are many people within ourselves. I didn't want them to feel they were excluding any part of themselves in this one poem.
I am never one to skip out on a writing assignment, so I share with you a poem about who make up one group of my people.
Teachers ~ inspired by Langston Hughes’ "Laughers”
believers in the future in a closed in box-
supporter of dreams,
implementors of consequences,
lighthouses in the storm
and hand-holders in the background-
God, what talkers!
God! What dreamers!
Dreamers and talkers
talkers and creators.
stepped-on believers in the future in a closed in box.