I sat my piggy upon the scale to see what she did weigh.
I noticed then her weight was light.
"We'll weigh again soon," I'd say.
I took her home to quiz her well.
Her knowledge I did plough.
Did she know the skills it'd take to turn into a sow?
She rattled off the facts and stats so pleasing to my ear.
I drilled her 'til the sun sank low,
Next weigh-in drawing near.
We'd practiced all she'd need to know
To pass this simple test.
To fatten up my pretty pig, had been my only quest.
Sweat dripped from brim to brow
As my piggy took the scale.
This was it.
THE BIG WEIGH-IN.
I hoped we would not fail.
Trembling steps my piggy took
As she met her final test.
Then panic as I epiphanized:
I'd forgotten what was best!
Too busy quizzing information.
One thing I did conclude.
How could I not have realized?
I forgot to give her FOOD.
My classes have been studying poetic elements for the last few weeks, so I thought it'd be fun to create a symbolic poem for my Week 5 #IMMOOC post. This week, I've really been focusing on the idea that we need to prepare our students for the real world not just for tests. My PLC has set a goal this year to make sure that we're asking our students to make meaningful connections and provide evidence of their own learning through different mediums. So far, I feel like it's been much more powerful and meaningful in our classrooms. To see some of the ways we've changed things up, check out our Classroom Page.
7th Grade ELA