have 9/11 poetry project
For several weeks, the junior English classes at Prairie High School read and reflected on the events of 9/11. Beginning with poetry, the students analyzed others’ thoughts and point of view. Then, they read the novel, Last Man Down by Richard Piccioto, which is a powerful account from the perspective of a New York firefighter, who was trapped in the World Trade Center collapse. To finish the 9/11 unit, students had to construct headline poetry. They used portions of headlines to create a reflective poem about 9/11. Not only did they have to write from a specific point of view, they had to focus on eye appeal to make the poem like artwork. The poems turned out well, and the students demonstrated their creativity in this project. Enjoy these examples.
Poem by Carolyn Sonnen
Intense Fall Down
New York instantly dark
Close encounter Buckles life.
The U.S. now dramatically different
Lookin’ for a stepping stone to survival
Wiggle out of life’s overheated moments
Pass on a miracle
Poem by Randi Schumacher
My honor is what keeps me working.
My love fights to serve you
But my passion is what cost me my life.
Poem by Teddy Stefan
‘Say what?’ There’s more bad news
of planes crashing.
The heroic city is smoking. Heroes
and villains burn the
United States and the world.