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Read It Here First! Haiku with Oakland Charter

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Read It Here First! Haiku with Oakland Charter

This session, our Instructor Lisa Gray has been working with Oakland Charter Academy 6th and 7th grade students. They explored the history and forms of haiku and then created their own:

Cello
To admire is
Express myself playing it

No stress or anger.

by Citlali
(From....: Write a Haiku about something important to you)

 

No Stopping
I will not give up
I will not stop no matter what
I will get better.

by Daniela
(From....: Write a Haiku about something important to you)

 

Apocalypse
Fire burning across land
People fleeing homes flaming
World dying people,

by Tlaloc
(From....: Write a Haiku about something important to you)

 

Pizza
Eating food, good pizza
His mom made with delicious
sauce and good meat.

by Oscar
(From....: Write a Haiku about something important to you)

 

Naomi
She smells like roses, and her voice sounds like rain on a hot day – lovely and refreshing.

by Jennifer
(Using simile
 to create a portrait of someone in your family or that you admire)

 

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Mistah F.A.B. drops in at Oakland Charter Academy

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Mistah F.A.B. drops in at Oakland Charter Academy

Our students at Oakland Charter Academy (OCA) started class last week with this worksheet:

What they didn't expect was that the rap artist on their worksheet was going to walk into the classroom!

We arranged for Oakland Hip-Hop legend, Mistah F.A.B to make a surprise visit to our students at Oakland Charter Academy. F.A.B. began writing poetry at a young age to grapple with the difficult circumstances of his childhood. In high school, he turned his poetry into rap lyrics, and eventually into a successful career as a rap artist. 

F.A.B. talked to the kids about the power of writing, about the importance of believing in themselves and of going for their dreams. He said, "Anything I want to do in this life, pen and paper is gonna get it for me." 

Some students shared their writing out loud and experienced the impact that their words had on their peers and on F.A.B. We were all moved by their honesty and willingness to be heard. 

F.A.B. invited the students to give him a list of words that he then incorporated into a freestyle rap (using the words in exactly the order the kids wrote them)!

Smile when you hear your word!





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