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Summer SAVY Session 6, Day 2, Writing with Fire

Posted by on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 in blog, SAVY.

Today was another exciting day for our young authors as we made our way deeper into Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming. After trying haikus and free verse poetry yesterday, we put our practice creating metaphors, similes, and more to work as we wrote more pieces inspired by Woodson’s text. Students thought about the theme of representation as they wrote poems about “seeing themselves” inside a book, movie, or a TV show.  


We even took a walk around Vanderbilt’s campus in order to immerse ourselves in the different sensory details we could find, then turned this experience into a poem based on Woodson’s “As a Child I Smelled the Air.” Students did a great job incorporating description of every sense into their work. They were so excited to share their poems!  


Tomorrow, we’ll finish up with Woodson and delve deeper into Inside Out and They Call Me Guero. I can’t wait to see what students make of these new books as they build their skills as critics, writers, and listeners.