Reflections on Peace

I am writing with sixth graders, reflections on peace.
I shared stanzas from Longfellow’s poem “Christmas Bells”
(inspiration for the hymn “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”)

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
and wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

And my mentor acrostic poem:

People must remember we are
Equally human and worthy of respect
And then maybe, just maybe, we
Could live in peace on this
Earth we all share.

And the beginning of a poem:(inspired by today’s snowfall)

There is peace in snow falling
So soft, so quiet, so bright-

We talked about differences between hope and reality. We talked about how the few lines of an acrostic could put forth a big idea. We talked about different directions the poem could take from that beginning.

And now we are writing.

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4 Responses to Reflections on Peace

  1. lindabaie says:

    I love your hopeful words, and hope too that your students enjoyed the beginning nuances of challenges we face for peace.

  2. What a wonderful poetry lesson! I love how your acrostic is a connected thought instead of separate thoughts for each letter. Lovely.

  3. arjeha says:

    What great choices to get students thinking. I would love to read some of their writings.

  4. Ramona says:

    Love your peace acrostic! The words to that hymn are especially relevant this year. Love the beginning to your snow poem: “So soft, so quiet, so bright!” Wonderful day of poetry in your classroom.

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