Mural by Mural Arts Project
“It’s a lifetime investment meeting someone.”
—South African Proverb
Together at Frederick Douglass Elementary, Ms. Davis and I exposed her first graders to colorful words in poetry, reading various genres, writing to music learning the history behind and reciting Amergin and Cessair A Battle of Poetic Incantation for three weeks. This was the outcome:
“What Really Matters” by Ezekiel
“We learn to read books to improve our minds. Writing critiques makes us better scribers. We are narratives: stories about anything with a beginning, middle, and end. We of Room 110 are creative artists, illustrators, writers, and mathematicians. Last, but not least we’re ballet and jazz dancers.”
Alicia: I am the book bag that holds education.
Daayahaa: I am the cat in the cage. “Let me out!”
Nitasha: I am the Scorpion of madness.
Myel: I am the storm of the people.
Ms. Davis: I am the keeper of all things precious.
Kory: I am the mathematics of numbers to write in my book.
Marshanna: I am the roots of a pastel rose.
Quadir: I am the rose of the family; I am the sneeze of Gesundheit.
Cianni: I am the wind of fashion.
Macy: I am the grass that Loves you baby!
Ms. Monique: I am a journey through library halls.
Nasir: I am the name of Caring-who helps Grandmom to walk.
Nia: I am the mask of happiness.
Tyreek: I am the Mack of happiness.
Christian: I am the money of the rich.
Tyrone: I am the book of learning.
Tiara: I am the gourmet pickles sold in Macy’s Department Store.
Zakia: I am the yellow bee that buzzes all night.
Alliyah: I am the mustard yellow sun that shines in your eyes.
Anthony: I am a card game that holds a folder.
Jamairah: I am the school that has teachers to help students.
Tierrah: I am the Spiro game on the internet.
Carlton: I am the day of the deep night.
Kelly: I am the darkness of closets, the steam of fire. I am fire of books;fire of learning.