It started with an inspiration. The Best Part of Me by Wendy Ewald After reading this book I knew I wanted to do a similar activity with my class…two years later I finally had my chance. I set out to model the writing process with my students.
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I started here as a pre-write
I needed to think of who I was writing for, why I was writing and what were some of the big ideas I would use to discuss my eyes.
I thought of some specific examples to fit with each of my big ideas. I explained that I wasn’t going into detail here, but I would be in my draft. This was to act as a reminder or an inspiration board to help me later.
It was time to piece it together in the writing phase
More challenging than expected (it’s not easy doing this in front of a crowd!), I pulled the ideas together making sure to share how I was organizing my thoughts.
Almost there – edit and revise
I read and re-read the poem aloud. I omitted phrases, added words, and reorganized sentences to help the flow or change the impact. I left out a few words because they just wouldn’t come to me. I trusted that they eventually would.
my eyes are the best part of me
from peeking open in the morning
drooping closed at night
they bring me gifts
my children’s SMILES
their tussled hair
first soccer goals
dimpled cheeks and dirty knees
Without them I would never see
the fiery glow of the morning light on my favourite oak tree
the delight of a student’s “A- HA!” moment
the soothing words of my novel as it eases me to sleep
flecked with gold and shades of green
odd and mismatched
almond shaped with eyelashes that pop when coated black
a memory of my father
the best part of me