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									“If you don’t know where you’re from, you’ll
 have a hard time saying where you’re going.”

                             Poet Wendell Berry
Who and What Defines
        Us?
         Essential Question:
  How do people become who they are
               today?
“Though I write in many forms, I am first of all a
  poet, which means my job is to see and sing the
  connection between things. The spider’s web is
  a delicious image for this and for the wonder of
  something newly made from old patterns, like
  the sentences writers spin each day.”
                                   ~ George Ella Lyon
                       Vocabulary

Carbon-tetrachloride : a
  chemical used in cleaning
  products and aerosol cans

Imogene: Imogene Coca was an
  actress in the 1960s

Alafair: Alafair Burke writes
   mystery crime novels
                Vocabulary (cont.)
  More Vocabulary-
Sift- an object that separates parts of a mixture

Auger- a hole-making tool that is used for wood working

Simile- A comparison of two things using the words “like” or “as”
        (ex. You eat like a pig!)
Metaphor- A comparison of two things that does not use the words
   “like” or “as”
        (ex. You are a pig!)
WHERE I’M FROM
        By George Ella Lyon

   I am from clothespins,
   from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride.
   I am from the dirt under the back porch.
   (Black, glistening,
   it tasted like beets.)
   I am from the forsythia bush,
   the Dutch elm
   whose long-gone limbs I remember
   as if they were my own.

   I am from fudge and eyeglasses,
   from Imogene and Alafair.
   I'm from the know-it-alls
   and the pass-it-ons,
   from perk up and pipe down.
   I'm from He restoreth my soul
   with a cottonball lamb
   and ten verses I can say myself.

   I'm from Artemus and Billie's Branch,
   fried corn and strong coffee.
   From the finger my grandfather lost
   to the auger
   the eye my father shut to keep his sight.
   Under my bed was a dress box
   spilling old pictures,
   a sift of lost faces
   to drift beneath my dreams.
   I am from those moments-
   snapped before I budded-
   leaf-fall from the family tree.
                                      The WHERE I'M FROM Template


I am from _______ (specific ordinary item), from _______ (product name) and _______.
I am from the _______ (home description... adjective, adjective, sensory detail).
I am from the _______ (plant, flower, natural item), the _______ (plant, flower, natural detail)
I am from _______ (family tradition) and _______ (family trait), from _______ (name of family member)
    and _______ (another family name) and _______ (family name).
I am from the _______ (description of family tendency) and _______ (another one).
From _______ (something you were told as a child) and _______ (another).
I am from (representation of religion, or lack of it). Further description.
I'm from _______ (place of birth and family ancestry), _______ (two food items representing your family).
From the _______ (specific family story about a specific person and detail), the _______ (another detail, and
    the _______ (another detail about another family member).
I am from _______ (location of family pictures, mementos, archives and several more lines indicating their
    worth).



http://www.swva.net/fred1st/wif.htm
                                                   Student Sample
     I am from hairspray
     From braces and rubberbands.
     I am from lightning bugs
     Fluttering in the summer night sky.
     I am from Belle
     The cute little puppy
     We rescued from the pound
     And Smoky the cat
     Whose death still touches my heart.
     I am from Papaw’s goulash
     And Momma’s pumpkin pie
     From Dad’s overbearing
     Protectiveness of his little girl.
     I am from outrageous
     Eleven foot Christmas trees
     And joyous Thanksgiving feasts.
     I am from French immigrants
     From 1692 and New Paltz, New York
     I am from Louis Bevier and Marie Le Blanc.
     I am from the American dream
     From broken despair and gained hope
     I am the present, past, and future,
     History in the making.



http://www.ci.maryville.tn.us/mhs/family_history/family_history_004.htm
         It’s your turn!




Let’s check out your Five Senses
        graphic organizer
                Peer Review
1. Exchange poems & read your partner’s poem
   carefully.

2. Fill out the peer review form.

3. Discuss the completed form with your partner.
               Crystal Ball
If you could foresee any one day of your life in a
crystal ball, which day would you choose and
why? Be prepared to share.
           Crystal Ball Part I
Please fill your crystal ball with at least five
adjectives describing what you hope your
weekend will be like.

 (ex. long, exciting, fun, busy, lazy)
         Crystal Ball Part II
Please fill your crystal ball with adjectives
 describing who you are now and who you want
 to become. You may add –er to adjectives that
 already describe you. (ex. smarter, taller,
 exciting)

								
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