My class finished Absolutely Almost over a month ago now, but as we cleaned up our Google Drive accounts today and organized our writing folder, we were able to revisit some of our previous work, and I realized how much I liked the anaphora poems they created after this read aloud. At the end of the novel, Albie recognizes all the things he can do, rather than those he cannot (as he did in the beginning of the novel). Inspired by this ending, my students were tasked with writing their own “Things I Know” poems.
This was a fun assignment that shows just how honest students are and allows them to celebrate what they know. At the end of the school year, I will put a book together of each students poems and stories from the year. This one is definitely going in there.
Below are a couple of examples.
Things I Know
By Student B
I know that I always have to put the cap on my pen when I’m done using it
I know that parents are sometimes scared, but don’t show it
I know that I don’t have to believe in what other people think, but what I think
I know that you can’t have friends when you’re not a friend
I know that I’m not that good at math, but at least I try
I know that whenever I’m scared I’m not alone
I know that if you want a neat drawing you can’t draw outside of the lines
I know that if you want to accomplish something you have to work hard
I know that I can’t always get what I want
I know that being proud of who you are is important
There are a lot of things I know
Things I Know
By Student C
I know my way around town.
I know school is good for me, but I’m not ready to believe that yet.
I know that I struggle at some things.
I know that I’m not the best at baseball.
I know that I’m lactose intolerant.
I know that people will be mean.
I know I’m not perfect.
I know nobody is perfect.
I know how to throw a nasty slider.
I know I’m sad 3 of my friends left California.
I know that Aroldis Chapman’s fastball can reach 106 mph.
I know that I take longer to do things.
I know a good baseball when I see one, Golden, with grass stains, and the seams are soft, but not so soft that I can’t get a grip.
I know how to say the rosary.
I know that the tree is Stanford’s mascot.
There are a lot of things I know.
Things I Know
By Student A
I know that God and my family will always love me and that I am blessed.
I know that Michelangelo’s Pieta is in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Italy.
I know the first 22 elements in the Periodic Table by heart.
I know that people with Autism can do a lot of things really well and they have feelings too.
I know how to run 5 miles without getting tired or sore.
I know that there are 206 bones in the human body.
I know that when my dog Bella bats her hanging bells on the patio door she has to go outside.
I know how to make banana chocolate chip bread without a recipe.
I know a lot about golf but mostly I know that golf teaches me all about life itself.
I know that Ketchikan, Alaska is famous for its totem poles and bald eagles.
I know a lot of things but I know how much I DON’T know and still have to learn too!