30 May Slice of Life: Moved to Tears #SOL17
This poem by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater brought a first grader to tears last week. We read it as a mentor text to discuss how poets find inspiration for topics. We read it and then paused to feel it. We read it again and I invited the students to turn and talk. This young man was overwhelmed with emotion. The thought of the year ending. The realization that he would have to say goodbye to his teacher – “not see her every day” – and his community of friends.
He left the lesson for a moment to regroup. The rest of us just paused and took a moment to embrace this experience together. As the students looked to me, all I could say was, “Sometimes that is what writing does. It moves us. It inspires us. It changes us.”
We are in the homestretch of this school year. I hope this young reader and writer inspires all of us to slow down, to appreciate the year, to celebrate the moments you spent together and to feel the bittersweet emotions of saying goodbye to something precious.