I am lucky enough to be participating as a fellow in the 2010 JSU Writing Project. Today was Day 1. I am so excited to be a part of this project. My personal goal is to challenge myself as a writer and learn from people who have tons of classroom experience. For our first teaching demonstration (taught by Melissa Shields) we wrote an I Wish poem. We began by creating 5 simple "I Wish" sentences like "I wish I had a million dollars". Then we expanded the sentences by adding conjunctive adverbs (because, consequently, in the event of, etc). After creating the poem we made our poems into Wordles. My Wordle is above; click on it to make it bigger. Here is my poem...
I wish for my children to be safe because I cannot always be with them.
I wish my Grandma was still living because I need her guidance, love, and stories everyday.
I wish my house would sell so that we can move to Tuscaloosa and begin our new adventure.
I wish I had a laundry folding machine so that in the event of my death my husband and children won’t be crushed in an avalanche of dirty socks and smelly underwear.
I wish for perfect hips (and tummy and butt) like the ones I had before I birthed three children, including a set of twins.