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Happy New Year!. OH. I guess we did that two days ago. Well, it’s a new year for us. Let’s get some learning done. Do Now. What is poetry? Have you ever written a poem of your own?. Information. Journals due by Friday - prompt and freewrite 18 Days until Midterm

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    1. Happy New Year! OH. I guess we did that two days ago. Well, it’s a new year for us. Let’s get some learning done.

    2. Do Now What is poetry? Have you ever written a poem of your own?

    3. Information • Journals due by Friday - prompt and freewrite • 18 Days until Midterm - counts for 10% of the 2nd M.P. Grade - covers everything for the first half

    4. Journals 1. Many people make new year resolutions; what do you plan to do in 2011? Explain. (20pts) 2. Free Write (10pts)

    5. Abscond - (v.) To run off and hide Synonyms - bolt, skip town Antonyms - stay, remain

    6. Access - (n.) The right to enter (v.) To obtain or achieveSynonyms - (n.) admission, entry (v.) approachAntonym - exclusion

    7. Do Now What is poetry? Have you ever written a poem of your own?

    8. Some rules for Poetry: • Poems don’t have to be boring! • Poems don’t have to rhyme. • Poems can be any length. • Poems can be about ANYTHING!

    9. Tony's father left the familyand the Long Island city projects,leaving a mongrel-skinny puertorriqueño boynine years oldwho had to find work. Makengo the Cubanlet him work at the bodega.In grocery aisleshe learned the steps of the dry-mop mambo,banging the cash registerlike piano percussionin the spotlight of Machito's orchestra,polite with the abuelas who bought on credit,practicing the grin on customershe'd seen Makengo grinwith his bad yellow teeth. Tony left the projects too,with a scholarship for law school.But he cursed the cold primaverain Boston;the cooking of his neighborsleft no smell in the hallway.and no one spoke Spanish(not even the radio). So Tony walked without a mapthrough the city,a landscape of hostile condominiumsand the darkness of white faces,sidewalk-searcher losttill he discovered the projects. Tony went to the bodegabut he didn't buy anything:he sat by the doorway satisfiedto watch la gente (peopleisland-brown as him)crowd in and out,hablando español,thought: this is beautiful,and grinnedhis bodega grin. This is a rice and beanssuccess story:today Tony lives on Tremont Street,above the bodega. Tony Went to the Bodega but He Didn’t Buy AnythingBy: Martin Espada

    10. Some Questions to think about… • What is a bodega? • What obstacle(s) was Tony faced with? • What words can we use to describe Tony? • Why do you think Tony returned to the bodega? • How did this experience change or add to his identity?

    11. Time to try your own poem • Complete the worksheet - this is information needed to do your poem • After completing the worksheet - create your poem - may use the computer - may hand draw items on paper