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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Poems about Color: Voyelles by Rimbaud

This was a really fun lesson! I brought in paint sample cards from Home Depot and passed them out to the class. We had a good time reading the names of colors such as "peanut butter," "carrot," "peacock feathers," "mermaid treasure," and my personal favorite, "squirrel." After reading the poem, we discussed the unusual ways Rimbaud described color and how he assigned colors to something that doesn't visually exist. The students wrote poems in which they chose to describe the colors of things like letters, numbers, feelings, months, days of the week, or school subjects in an interesting way.

Giselle R
Grade 3

Spring is for the color gray
Of cloudy

Summer is for color blue
Of sky and lake

Fall is for color orange
Of the plants and trees

Winter is for color white
Of the snow

Ethan Ramos
Grade 3

The color of July is blue as the sky
The color of September is as red as the apple
The color of January is white as the snow
The color of march is green as the grass
The color of February is pink as the heart
The color of October is orange as the jack-o-lantern
The color of april is red as the rose

Alize V.
Grade 3

October is as black
As a spider in the shade
To have your heart
Torn in two
To be in the blackest place

June, being in June
Is as blue as tears
On the ground
A blue pond is June
Or maybe
A Midway Academy shirt

November is
As white as hearts
Thursday in November
Is very white
Or a white sundae ice cream

Mirella R
Grade 6

Sad is like as blue
As the blue sky

Mad is as red
As red lipstick

Joyful is like bright yellow
As the yellow sun

Confused is as gray
As a gray quarter

Sick is as green
As the green grass

Happiness is as pink
As the pink in a rainbow

Jose L
Grade 6

Saturday I think
Of the color red
Like fire
Monday I think
Is for gray
Because it is boring
I think of Wednesday
I think of sad
Like white clouds
I think of Friday
Like green as grass

Ruth C
Grade 6

January- white
Tiny ball
Falling down the sky

February- Red
Big heart over me
With a message
That someone loves me

March- Blue
I’m in the ocean
With white birds flying
I’m with the person I love

April- pink
Thinking about Easter
Pink bunnies
Running with me

May- yellow
I’m thinking day 29
Thinking in my father
And sister
At the same time

June- purple
Watching spongebob
With a jelly sandwhich

July- green
Like the tree
Flying in the sky

Bianca N
Grade 7

A is for green
For Christmas
Because Christmas
Has green trees

E is for white
For Easter
Because the bunny
Is white

I is for red
For Valentines day
Because it is love

U is for black
For Halloween
Because it is night

O is for yellow
For Thanksgiving
Because it is bright

Tony V
Grade 7

Monday: Gloomy, dark street lights
Lighting up the sky
Dark gray for laziness and tiredness

Tuesday: Dark green for the trees
And the leaves
The afternoon still green
Because of the green lights on the street

Wednesday: Yellow because of the sun
And the buses
Happiness is also yellow
Because it’s close to the weekend

Thursday: Black because
Of the madness in my eyes
Can’t wait til it hits Friday

Friday: Orange, bright, happy, exciting
Out of school
And in with the fun

Carlos A
Grade 7

Monday’s are gray
Because we are starting the week
I feel like the sky is dry
And it has not rained for days

Tuesday’s are blue
Because the birds are chirping
And the sky is baby blue
The dogs are barking
At the people

Friday’s are yellow to me
Because I wake up happy
It is the last day of school
I get two days off
Friday is yellow
Because I get to play
With my friends
When I get home from school

Saturday is red
Because my mom
Cooks breakfast
Happy Happy red
Gets up in the morning
And sees cartoons

Alexis C
Grade 8

The number 16
Reminds me of green
Like when trees move
With the air
And green grass fields

The month of December
Reminds me of white
Because it gets cold
And snow falls

The day Friday
Is a bright color
Like orange or yellow
Because it’s a happy day
And a brighter sunshine
In the sky

Angelica R
Grade 8

August- Baby blue
Like the sky
On a nice early
Summer morning.
And green
Like watered grass

24- the special day
of a happy girl
nice light pink
and black like balloons
there’s going to be
on my birthday
pink like a beautiful
freshly picked rose
and black
like the dim lights
of sadness

14- the age of a girl
pink like hello kitty’s color
and a favorite color
of a happy
cheerful girl
a dozen roses
of my favorite color

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