It's Poetry Friday, and I am continuing to embrace the challenge of sharing something poetry each week. Join Penny at Penny and Her Jots for the this week's round-up.
I have been reading The Watsons Go to Birmingham with my 6th graders. Some days they read in groups. Some days they read on their own, and some days I read to them. The days I get to read are my favorite because I get to choose the best chapters.
Today I read the chapter when Kenny goes to Collier's Landing and finds himself in the middle of a whirlpool. You could have heard a pen drop as they sat on the edge of their seats listening to every word.
Many of them have no idea what is about to hit them in the next chapter, the story of the Birmingham Church bombing. This is another chapter where I get to read and watch their faces as a I tell about an ugly moment in our history. Again, they will be hanging on my every word.
I like to pair the text with the poem, "The Ballad of Birmingham" by Dudley Randall. I think this poem expresses the innocence of those four little girls who went to church to "sing in the children's choir."
This poem certainly pushes me to think about and to compare life in 1963 to our lives in 2017. Reading the two texts will surely leave them asking the question, "Just how much has changed?"