“Writing Lessons” Inspires ESOL 4 Student Poets

The students in Ms. Zompa’s ESOL 4 class recently read the poem “Writing Lessons” by Nikki Giovanni. They used the poem as a model to explore their own personal poetic voices.
There are still songs. I want to hear and learn
There are still girls I want to talk to
There are still things. I want to have, and money I want to spend

There are so many things I want to do
There are countries I want to go to
I definitely want to sing. I also want to rap
I know no one ever wished they are talented
Or courageous
Or nice
I know that life is good and you can never go wrong by doing good things
If I were giving advice I would say: keep up
People who are good at something
People who always want to love others
People who believe in something
These are the people other people want to be
And that will let you be a good writer
Because
There are still so many things to do.

 


There are still so many places that I want to go and admire.
There are still people that I want to beat at their own game.
There are still stars I want to see and find I want to name
There are beautiful sights
There is feeling that do not have named
I definitely want to understand. I also want to know why and how
I know that no one wishes they were themselves
Or think about
Or ever know
I know that life is hard and you can never go wrong, if you just try
If I were giving advice I would say: do not cry
People who are strong
People who care
These are people other people want to be with
And that will let you be a good writer
Because
There are still so many dreams to see

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


There are still classes that I want to take and learn
There are still movies I want to watch more
There are still games I want to buy and play and I want to see
There are bullets in my head
There are question I want to ask.
I definitely want to drive I also want to teach
I know no one wishes they fail their classes
Or dropped out of school
Or get arrested
I know that life is nice
If I were giving advice I would say: Life is good
People who laugh
People who dance
People who sing
These are the people other people want to be with
And that will let you be a good writer
Because
There are still so many things to do

 

 


There are still people that I want to meet and know.
There are still classes that I want to know better
There are still games I want to know and then I want to play
There are good friends at school
There are many dreams that I don’t have.
I definitely want to do my goals. I also want to be happy with my family
I know no one ever wished they discriminated
Or loved less
Or hated
I know that life is almost perfect and that you can never go wrong if you hope that
I f I were giving advice I would say: Go for it.
People who smile
People who enjoy life
People who are respectful
These are the people other people want to be with
And that will let you be a good writer
Because
There are still so many dreams that you can have it.

 

 

 


There are still dreams that I want to follow and live.
There are still things I want to know and discover some new
There are still larders I want to know and be
There are so many worlds in these worlds
There are so many lives in my life.
I definitely want to live but I want to die.
I know no one ever wishes they would die
Or leaving behind this first universe
Or being left behind by it
I know that life is unique and you can never go wrong by enjoying this short life.
If I were giving advice I would say: Live and die because
People who want to live are dead
People who want to die are alive and
People who don’t live are nether dead or alive.
There are the people other people don’t want to be with
And that will let you be a good writer
Because knowing how to live shows you that
There are still so many seconds to experiences, enjoy, and survive and be somebody in your life.

 

 


There are still animals I want to know and touch
There are still Genius I want to learn more about
There are still places I want to visit and photos I want to take
There are many dreams that I want to achieve
There are victories that I will not get…
I definitely want to take challenges. I also want to win them
I know no one ever wished they punished so bad
Or tortured more
Or kill them without death.
O know that life is beautiful and you can never go wrong being beautiful
If I were giving advice I would say: take the challenge.
People who teach lessons to others
People who learn from their mistakes
People who never make the same mistake twice
There are the people others want to be with
And that will let you be a good writer
Because
There are still so many lessons in life to solve.

 

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