BiographyThese three poems share a snapshot into a person's life. Use these examples to help you create your own poems that capture the events of someone's life. Some points to consider when drafting this poem:
- What notable things did the person do?
- What was his/her impact on society?
HeritageUnderstanding your heritage and being proud of where you came from is an important thing. Think about your own heritage and what that group of people is known for, good and bad. In this poem, the author touches on various parts of her Latino background. Think about these things as you're beginning to draft your poem:
- What is the family of that group known for?
- Where/how do they work?
- What is that group as a whole known for?
- What gives them a bad reputation?
Historical EventsHistory is written with the events that unfold before our eyes. While in the moment they may seem like part of our everyday lives, years down the road we are able to see how they changed the course of history. This mentor text can be used to capture a particular decade in history. Each decade has moments that stand out, moments that have impacted history. Is there a decade in history you love? Think about the events that helped shape it, and describe their importance. What were the events that were most notable? How did they change that society? Let Freedom Ring Out Loud © Jl Johnson Forty years an American, Thirty years knowing what that means. America The Beautiful, The Star Spangled Banner, Let Freedom Ring. "Let Freedom Ring Out Loud", I say. Ring louder than ever on this historical day. Emancipation Proclamation was Lincoln's plea. After four years of war the slaves were set free. Secession from the Union brought to a halt, Following years of segregation, Americans at fault. Brave men and women risks their lives, On their journey for true freedom and equal rights. Living through hate, ignorance, unspeakable sins, Simply asking to be judged as people, not the color of their skin. On this day, I make special note. August 26th, 1920 The 19th Amendment gave me the right to vote. Not African American, American Indian, Only God knows what, I consider myself an American Mutt. Serving their Nation, My Grandfather, My Father, and now my son, They serve not for all. But, for each and every one. We've done it, without doubt one of our largest wins, Today we watched proof of equality for all men. No matter from where my family came, we are Americans just the same. As an American, I've always been proud. On this day I hear freedom ringing out loud. Many people have died to make America's dreams come true. Driven by patriotism carrying our Flag of Red, White, and Blue. In stone, on memorials, we've printed their names, Knowing not one of them have died in vain. A piece of history, an awesome event. Today a black man became America's forty-fourth President. To happen in my lifetime, to witness this event, I realize To the World, the powerful message we've sent. This man, now our Commander in Chief, Promises our Nation the changes we need. Spirits lifted, moved by his speech, Nations stood still to hear this man speak. Millions cheered in a united mass. Celebrating the now, future, and even the past. So very proud of Americans, proud of this day, I stand with you all, saying, "God Has Blessed The USA!" Again I must say, "Let Freedom Ring. Ring Out Loud Today." Source: Let Freedom Ring Out Loud
Martin Luther King, Jr. DayIn January we celebrate Martin Luther King Day, a day to celebrate the life of a man who was an inspirational leader and helped changed the lives of many people. On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave the famous "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington, D.C. at the Lincoln Memorial. While the following mentor text is about dreams during a sleeping state, it can be modified to showcase the dreams you have for this nation. What changes do you want to see? Each stanza will start with the line, "I have a dream of..." Each stanza focuses on one particular dream and why it's so important. My Dream © Aditya Chattopadyay I dream of a church on a beach, Where all go to preach I think of that beautiful beach, Which I know is beyond my reach I dream of a nation Without any dissension Where peace and prosperity rules Over the ocean blues I dream of taking a risk Of touching the blazing asterisk Although it is only a dream I wish to travel the realm I have a dream To eat an icy cream Which is far more luscious that any treat In this human world of greed I dream that I'm Megaman Soaring the skies like Superman Yet as sharp as Batman Mixed with the humor of Spiderman I know my delusion Is nothing but a mere illusion Yet to realize them I'll try my best And on God I leave the rest Source: My Dream, Dream Poem