Students in the eighth grade are reading Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, a classic American author. For each chapter, we engage in a different activity, which can vary from prediction charts to even drawings. At the end of chapter three, students were tasked with creating poetry based on the events. Below are samples of what some of the students wrote.
" Carlson gently leashed my dog's neck and lead him outside.
As I hear the uneven rhythm of my dog's walking pace, I knew I had no choice but to let go.
My heart tightens as I hear each step from somewhere more and more distant to me,
From somewhere my hands won't be able to reach anymore,
I grip my hand into a fist until my knuckles turn white.
I felt the silence that fell on this room becoming heavier and heavier, each breath heard
But I knew myself, that my heart, right this moment, was heavier than anything else.
A minute passed, and so did a few more until a shot was heard.
I knew it was so foolish of me to be so forlorn over a dog but I had him since he was a pup.
It was then when I decided to let go of everything, I had loosened my fist
I let go of the stitches in my heart that bounded my heart from ripping,
and I let go of my past."
"A shot sounded in the distance.
They turned to the old man
He continued to stare at the ceiling
He slowly turned his face to the wall with great despair
It was like he just lost
He still laid down
He had him since he was a pup"
" His voice trailed off into the darkness
He lay silent, and stared at the ceiling
As the shot sounded in the distance
Silence fell on the room
I stared at him, as a tear rolled down his cheek
He tried to hold back, but he couldn't
He finally got the courage to look over
To see his dog
Laying on the ground
"As the shot sounded in the distance,
The silence came into the room
And his voice trailed off
It was silent outside
The footsteps died away
Everyone lay silent and
Stared at the ceiling
A gnawing sound was heard
After the gnawing sound,
A snapping noise was heard."