In years past I have always read this with my students at the beginning of the year. This year we were busy with the rhetoric of the presidential election and writing our own letters to the next president. But last week I saw many of my former students use this piece as part of their senior portfolios and I want to afford you the same opportunity. It's not online, so I will give you the text in class. It's called, "Where I'm From" by Willie Perdomo.
A quick search shows me many other classes have also connected to this piece. You might be interested in these responses by 6th graders in Florida.
This week you will write your own Where I'm From piece.
- You can change the title if you like.
- Make sure to use details about sounds, smells and other people in your piece, i.e. sensory details.
- Focus on the elements that make where you are from unique.
- Include positive and negative details.
- Aim for 500-600 words.
- Be prepared to share your writing in class.