At the beginning of this term, Grade 4 had some fun with Michael Rosen’s poem “Where Broccoli Comes From”. It was so funny and interesting. Here is the poem:
“Where Broccoli Comes From”
By Michael Rosen
Not many people know
that broccoli grows in the armpits
of very big green men
who live in the forest
and brave broccoli cutters
go deep into the forests
and they creep up on the
very big green men.
They wait for the
very big green men
to fall asleep
and the broccoli cutters
get out their
great big broccoli razors
and they shave the armpits
of the very big green men.
And that’s where broccoli
Not many people know that.
Just thought I’d let you know.
(Illustration taken from Michael Rosen book, Yuliya Somina)
As soon as 4th grader finished reading it, they went “Yuck!” “Eww..” with disgusted face. Some even asked “Is this real?”
Then the discussion went lively.
I, of course, asked back, “Well what do you think? Do you think it’s real?”
Most of the students answered “Nooo…”
But when I asked about the intentions of the Michael Rosen when he wrote this poem, the answer varied.
Some students agreed that it was because Rosen hates broccoli so much. But then, a student came out with this opinion “Or maybe, because he likes it so much, he made up the story to get all the broccolis for himself”
Others then replied “Oh yeah, that’s possible”
I never actually thought that they can get to that point of interpretation. There is no wrong and right in interpreting poems, but it is great to see that they can explore more than one point of view in enjoying a poem.
The next thing that we do was making our own version of the poem and draw the picture. First, we need to decide 5 words to use in our poem. Those 5 words are:
(1) (a vegetable) ______________
(2) (a body part) ______________
(3) (a color) ______________
(4) (a place) ______________
(5) (a verb) ______________
After that we put those words in the blanks of the poem template.
The 4th grade students came out with interesting ideas and pictures. Enjoy their works!