A Dream Deferred- English II Poetry Modeling Contest Winners

A Star Deferred

By Ivan Llanos

What happens to a star deferred?

Does it shine

like a diamond?

Or give light like the sun–

And then shoot across the sky?

Does it get brighter like fire?

Or explode the sky–

like dynamite?

Maybe it just sparkles

Like a candle.

Or does it glow?

A Hope Deferred

By Justin Woodard

What happens to a hope deferred?

Does it dry up

like a California town?

Or feel like a massage–

And then a hard slap?

Does it inspire us like our favorite Musician?

Or let us down–

like a terrible ending?

Maybe it just crumbles away

Like a sand castle in the water.

Or does it even exist?

A Hope Deferred

By Victor Miguel

What happens to a hope deferred?

Does it fade away

like a distant memory?

Or burn to crisps like paper set aflame–

And then disappear in the breeze?

Does it fly away like the smog in the sky?

Or sink–

like that rock in the pond?

Maybe it just left

Like a relative without saying goodbye.

Or does it just…die?

A Driver’s License Deferred

By Daniel Ramirez

What happens to a driver’s license deferred?

Does it wait there

like a dog waiting for its owner to come home?

Or wait like a flower waits for water–

And then bloom?

Does it go away from your mind like an old toy?

Or does it stay on your mind–

like your girlfriend?

Maybe it’s just an object

Like a phone.

Or does it get taken for granted?

A Wish Deferred

By Sarah Gomez

What happens to a wish deferred?

Does it fade away

like an old photograph?

Or disappear like the sun at night–

And then return once again?

Does it wither like a dead tree?

Or do you remember it faintly–

like a distant memory?

Maybe it just shrinks

Like a melting candle.

Or does it burn on forever?

English 1A SPED

This week my students have been amazing! They have asked meaningful questions, produced precise and creative posters (see below) and respectfully and productively participated in a meaningful debate about a book we are starting. The conversation worked its way into complex concepts considering the implications of solitude and self reflection. Great work, G period!

How to become a literature searching ninja

On being a brave text decoding warrior.

In a world where simplified, concise information and answers are available at the touch of a button or a verbal command of “Ok, google”, knowing how to sift through complex text is becoming more and more foreign to students. Here’s a pretty cool article offering advice on decoding and breaking down text to make it more manageable.

————————–> How to become a literature searching ninja.

If My Words are Worth Nothing, Why Are You Stealing Them?

Relevant and thought-provoking commentary about modern day plagiarism.

days like crazy paving

A few days ago, I noticed that people were sharing around my blog post “Muslim, queer, feminist: it’s as complicated as it sounds” without including my Twitter username. Not a huge deal – they were linking back to my blog, so I was still getting clicks and page views out of it – but it was a little disconcerting (not bad, just disconcerting) to realise that my work was being shared around by people who didn’t even know me and therefore couldn’t directly credit me as the creator.

People keep telling me this is a consequence of “fame” (I wasn’t even aware that I was famous!) – that people will share your work without letting you know about it. I suppose I can live with that, as long as people aren’t just copy-pasting words of mine without any kind of course or attribution…

…which is exactly what happened to me…

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As the teaching season wraps up, the assignments come together.

This year I was faced with a challenge that I wasn’t sure I could overcome: SPED English. At first it seemed impossible. I found myself in tears after the very first period and continued to struggle throughout the year. I would be lying if I didn’t say I have been looking forward to the close of this semester since day one. Today, on the eve of the last day, a student’s final compilation made it all worthwhile.

This particular student was a serious behavior and developmental challenge in the classroom. He suffers from a variety of ailments including the inability to read, Autism and OCD. Here is his 10 chapter story that he has been working on all year. I couldn’t be prouder and will let his accomplishment speak for itself from here ————–> MINECRAFT ADVENTURE