Best Buds: Write about why you are thankful for your friends.
Sunshine smiles at school: Find reasons to smile at school.
Now this week's writing inspiration:
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder
Poem: "April Rain Song" by Langston Hughes
Since April is half-way over and I was thinking about counting drops of thanks, this poem seemed appropriate. This poem would be a great chance to talk about personification. What types of human actions does Hughes give to rain? Consider the imagery and the tone of the poem. We often think of rain as dark and gloomy, but does this poem seem dark?
You can play a little video where Langston Hughes is reading the poem aloud.
Picture: I am including a picture I took when I was out driving one night right before a big rain storm. (The picture is a little blurry.) Even though it was very dark, I thought the sky was beautiful. I would discuss with my students how nature even when dark and fierce can be beautiful.
Have a wonderful week full of gratitude and inspiration!