LONG week, but so many positive developments. And it’s Friday, so even if it’s a bad one, who cares? It’s Friday!!!
Anyway, the ELA state test is coming up and my students are about to articulate their positions on it in the form of a poem.
Why? Well, for starters, they’re the ones who have to take a subjective standardized test that is as boring as having to proctor it – maybe a little less boring actually. With that said, since they’re humans, they have opinions about it. This is their opportunity to put them on paper and speak them to life.
Here’s a sample I’ll use with them today:
The ta-ta-tapping pencil
Dancing across the page,
A snoring boredom
Stretching across his face.
He paints pointless patterns
And sharp, serrated shapes
To pass the time from the test
He cannot seem to escape.
The questions question him,
Mocking in a language all their own,
You’re just not smart enough
To decipher me, the question drones.
Though he appears unfazed
Staring at the blank sheet
Unconscious he is not
Of his peers, the cruel and mean.
They think he doesn’t care,
They think he doesn’t hear
Their mauling, vicious words
Slugging, slapping do their jeers.
How unfair it is, his life determined
By one day, one test, a score on a page.
He bears the weight of the world
Trapped inside of a maze
That he has never escaped,
Crying and trying to find
A way out, a helping hand,
The answers hidden in his mind.