Todos estos escritores y poetas son identificados como una gran riqueza norteamericana por su entrega literarira y humana y por fortalecer la identidad multicultural. La clase de Lit. Americana no solo enfoca al autor o escritor; sino su valor y su contribucion como cultura y herencia. Es impresionante encontrar poesia latina que nos identifica por el idioma y por la suavidad de sus palabras en su forma y contenido; asi como también comprender que la literatura e historia norteamericana la forjaron diferentes grupos sociales y culturales.
I have found that using the five senses in poetry writing is a good way to begin. Using pictures from calendars, travel brochures, family photos, or postcards, students are asked to imagine being in the pictures and then write what they imagine seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and tasting in the scene in front of them. I model several examples and then students can write using this possible template:
Following these poems using the senses, students are asked to think about a person that they remember vividly. I talk about how the smell of mint always evokes the memory of my grandmother, because she carried a piece of mint in all her pockets, but especially in her old gray sweater. I then show the beginning of a poem that I wrote about my grandmother that uses the five senses:
I see her silver hair tied in braids on the top of her head.
I see her smile that always greeted me with love.
I see her black garden shoes that she wore when she dug in
I hear her voice calling me “Sugar.”
I hear her warning , “Prosexi kala” which means “Be careful” in Greek.
I hear her stories about Greece.
I smell Easter bread baking, chicken soup with lemon…
I see her brown eyes looking at me when she is talking to me
When I think of my mom, I hear her soft voice when she calls me
to do her a favor
When I think of my mom, I smell her flowery perfume
I smell the garlic she puts on the Brazilian rice and beans she makes.
It is an easy step from writing about special people to writing about special places using the same format of incorporating the five senses. We read model poems from Nikki Giovanni, Francis Alarcon, and Lori Carlson that speak about special places. Using the five sense imagery making, we remember some of our favorite places from our previous or present homes. I tell students that they need to bring me on a trip to these places with their words. A partial example from another second year EL eighth grader follows:
of the most beautiful beaches in the world, like Luquillo beach
Where you can see people having fun while they are swimming
in the blue clear water
Where you can feel the soft white sand in your feet while you
are walking on the sand
Where you can feel the heat of the sun in your skin
Where you can hear coconuts falling in the ground
Where you can hear the wind whispering in your ear.
Bearse, C.I. (2005). The sky in my hands: Accelerating academic English through process writing. Cambridge, MA: Language Teaching Innovations, Inc.
Carol I. Bearse is an associate professor of educational leadership and literacy at Touro College in Manhattan. In this capacity, she has taught courses in both literacy and English language acquisition. With more than 25 years of experience in the public schools, including urban areas, Carol brings to her research the seasoned leadership of a teacher practitioner in the areas of literacy and ELs. She has designed the curriculum for OELA funded Language in the Context of the Disciplines program, working intensively with New York City high school teachers in the content areas.