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Bad Boy intro - 8th Grade CCGPS ELA intro

Created by S. Kymberli Barney, EdS. Feel free to contact me at skbarney@liberty.k12.ga.us!

on 10 August 2015

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Transcript of Bad Boy intro - 8th Grade CCGPS ELA intro

Walter Dean Myers struggled with his identity throughout his childhood.
Bad Boy – Overview
Think about who think you are. How do you define yourself as a person right now at this stage of your life?
Consider who you want to be. Are there any conflicts between who you are and who you want to be?
Are there any conflicts between who you are and who you think others expect you to be?
Now is your time to think about who you think you are and the history that has made you. You are growing into the adult that you are going to become, and you will go through many changes to get there.

Who are you today will be different from who you are in a month…in a year…in five years….
ELACC8RL2: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Standards: ELACC8W84  - Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Use a strong writer's VOICE to put your personality into your poem.

Use effective WORD CHOICE to add specific details which spark your readers’ imaginations.
What is the difference between a memoir and an autobiography?
Time to Write...
Tips for Composing
Your I Am Poem
Be honest and introspective; dig deep within yourself and be truthful about your good parts and your faults. What do you fear? What do you worry about? What makes you happy?
Christensen, Linda (1998). Inviting student lives into the classroom: Where I'm from. Rethinking Schools Online: An Urban Educational Journal, 12, Retrieved May 28, 2006, from http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/deanedu/litstudies/techprojects/panyc00/christensen.htm#items remembered

Lyon, George Ella. My story. Retrieved May 28, 2006, from Official site of George Ella Lyon, poet and writer Web site: http://www.georgeellalyon.com/about.html

Lyon, George Ella. Books. Retrieved May 28, 2006, from Official site of George Ella Lyon, poet and writer Web site: http://www.georgeellalyon.com/books.html

Lyon, George Ella. Where I’m From. Retrieved May 28, 2006, from Official site of George Ella Lyon, poet and writer Web site: http://www.georgeellalyon.com/wherehtml

(2005, March 5). [Weblog] Where are YOU From?. Where I'm From. Retrieved May 28, 2006, from http://www.swva.net/fred1st/wif.htm
Works Cited
(Adapted from Christensen, 1998)
I am from home computers
From AOL and ICQ
I am from the second floor bedroom – all my own
Writing love notes, listening to country music
and planning my life to the last detail
I am from the Eucalyptus trees in the back yard
tall and strong and easy to hide behind during neighborhood games of
I am from family dinners and “how was school”
From Jeanne and Brian and Shannon
I am from loving acceptance and intolerance of anything less than my best
From “I am proud of you” and “We love you no matter what”
I’m from Vacation Bible School and MYF
I’m from South Georgia and South Carolina
From Venison Cubed Steak and Steamed Oysters
From the pageantry of my mother – she won them all
The all-nighters of my father – “make it worth putting your name on!”
In my closet, on the very top shelf, was a box
Delicately placed trophies – pageants, academic contests, sports
Love letters from lost loves
Petals from tokens of my parent’s love
Diaries – past moments of my life
All captured in snapshots of time
I am from my family’s love and for that I thank God every day
Now, where are YOU from?
Teacher Sample
Written By:
Mrs. Jessica M. Carter
This template is merely one way that you might
choose to go about creating your own
“Where I’m From” poem. You are not restricted to using
this format, however any other format that you
choose must be approved for grade-level appropriateness.
(Adapted from Weblog –
Where Are YOU From?)
The WHERE I'M FROM Template
I'm from (place of birth and family ancestry),

(two food items representing your family).

From the (specific family story about a specific person and detail),

and the (another story and detail about another family member).

I am from (location of family pictures, mementos, archives)

and (several more lines indicating their worth).
By: George Ella Lyon
“Where I’m From”
(Continued on Next Slide)
I am from (specific ordinary item),

from (product name) and (product name).

I am from the (home description)

(Adjective), (Adjective), (Sensory detail).

I am from the (plant, flower, natural item), the (plant, flower, natural detail)

I am from (family tradition) and (family trait),

from (name of family member) and (another family name) and (family name).

I am from the (description of family tendency) and (another one).

From (something you were told as a child) and (another).

I am from (representation of religion, or lack of it). (Further description).
(Adapted from Weblog –
Where Are YOU From?)
The WHERE I'M FROM Template
(Weblog – Where Are YOU From?)
~Wendell Berry
“If you don’t know where you’re from, you’ll have a hard time saying where you’re going.”
(Adapted from Christensen, 1998)
Now that you know what I want, here is how to get started! Begin by brainstorming on each of the following topics. You will have two minutes to write as much as you can in each “block” below about things that stick out in your mind from your life.
Names of places they keep their childhood memories: (Dairies, boxes, drawers)
Items in your yard: (cars, b-ball goal, vehicles)
Names of foods and dishes that recall family gatherings: (desserts, stew, chitterlings)
Items in your home: (hairspray, picture, etc.)
Knowing that your parents did not go to college might help you understand why they want you to go to college.
Remembering who your family is and how often they appear in your memories helps you remember how much they mean to you.
Sometimes people who have a long line of doctors, lawyers, military etc. in their family are pushed to go into those professions themselves.
These things are important to her and have helped shape who she is as a person.
The events and people in our lives help us decide who we are and what we want to be like as in the future.
It is important to remember your history so you can pass it down to other generations.
It could be a tribute to her family.
has dress boxes
has written this poem
fried corn and homemade fudge
Eyeglasses, grandfather’s finger and father’s eye are all mentioned in the poem
poem mentions these two names and we assume it is her parents
recalls a hymn and “cottonball lambs” that are customarily made in Sunday School.
Mentions pictures and other sentimental things that she stores in the dress box
a poet
wears eyeglasses
From a close family
her parents are named Imogene and Alafair
goes to church or is religious
grandfather lost a finger in an accident with an auger
father lost an eye
is sentimental
How does knowing where you are from help you know where you are going?
How did you arrive at this information?
Why would she write a poem about these things – about where she is from?
What does the poem tell you about the poet?
(Lyon, Website – Where I’m From)
I am from clothespins,
from Clorox and carbon tetrachloride.
I am from the dirt under the back porch.
(Black, glistening
it tasted like beets.)
I am from the forsythia bush,
the Dutch elm
whose long gone limbs I remember
as if they were my own.

I’m from fudge and eyeglasses,
from Imogene and Alafair.
I’m from the know-it-alls and the pass-it-ons,
from perk up and pipe down.
I’m from He restoreth my soul with a cottonball lamb
and ten verses I can say myself.

I’m from Artemus and Billie’s Branch,
fried corn and strong coffee.
From the finger my grandfather lost to the auger
the eye my father shut to keep his sight.
Under my bed was a dress box
spilling old pictures,
a sift of lost faces
to drift beneath my dreams.
I am from those moments–
snapped before I budded–
leaf-fall from the family tree
If you don’t know where you’re from, you’ll have a hard time saying where you’re going.”

~Wendell Berry
"Where I'm From"


"Where I'm From"
by George Ella Lyon
Familiar Sayings: ("If I've told you once...,“ “When I was your age”)
Names of relatives, especially ones that link you to the past: (grandparents, cousins)
teacher sample
"Where I'm From"
I Am Mrs. Barney
Teacher Sample
You will put these thoughts and feelings into words in either the "I Am" or "Where I'm From" poem activity (teacher's choice).
I Am...
I am (2 special characteristics you have)
I wonder (something of curiosity)
I hear (an imaginary sound)
I see (an imaginary sight)
I want (an actual desire)
I am (the first line of the poem repeated)

I pretend (something you actually pretend to do)
I feel (a feeling about something imaginary)
I touch (an imaginary touch)
I worry (something that bothers you)
I cry (something that makes you sad)
I am (the first line of the poem repeated)

I understand (something that is true)
I say (something you believe in)
I dream (something you dream about)
I try (something you really make an effort about)
I hope (something you actually hope for)
I am (the first line of the poem repeated)
I am a dreamer with a tendency to procrastinate.
I wonder what careers my children will choose.
I hear kids squealing as they splash in the salty seawater.
I see my husband trying to dance; it’s not working out for him.
I want to vacation on a balmy tropical island.
I am a dreamer with a tendency to procrastinate.

I pretend that I’ve won the lottery – CHA-CHING!
I feel deflated when I remember that I’m broke.
I touch my husband’s hand and I know that everything is going to be okay. I worry about my mother’s health.
I cry when I think of losing the people who I love the most.
I am a dreamer with a tendency to procrastinate.

I understand that everyone is different, and I say you should strive for tolerance and open-mindedness.
I dream that I’m a best-selling novelist.
I try to make a positive difference in small ways every day.
I hope 100% of my students meet or exceed the CRCT.
I am a dreamer with a tendency to procrastinate.
I Am Kymberli


Mrs. Kymberli Barney
"I Am..."
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