How to Triumph, Like a Student

Greetings, friends and poetry lovers! This fourth session for Waters 6th grade was our last one before the holiday break. Since we explored metaphors last week, it only made sense to explore similes this week :). We watched a clip of the Disney classic “I’ll Make A Man Out of You” from Mulan, then dug into Ada Limón’s “How to Triumph Like a Girl.” Students found the similes in both, and we talked about why Limón might compare her herself to a lady horse (did you know they have eight pound hearts??). Finally, students wrote their own animal-inspired poems that incorporated similes. Take a peek:

Ms. Smallwood’s 6th Grade 

How To Protect Like a Dog
by Daniel G.

If someone threatens someone
you want to protect and also take care of
and also protect them from dangers
also if they won’t be chased you can scare them away

My Dog
by Leighton K.

My dog doesn’t act like a dog.
She plays with her toys like a cat.
She jumps like a bunny.
She climbs like a monkey.
She sneezes like a horse.
She pounces like a leopard.
She walks like a model.
Her strength is like that of a bull,
and her intelligence like a college professor

How to Monkey See, Monkey Do
by Novak Z.

The first thing I do
is jump on my bed,
monkey jumps on a log,
I eat breakfast,
monkey eats banana,
I have house,
monkey has nest,
I swing on a swing,
monkey swings on a branch,
I take a bath,
monkey takes a bath,
I have family,
money has family,
I go to school,
monkey learns from moon,
I dance,
monkey dance,
I’m crazy,
monkey does crazy

Ms. Hooper’s 6th Grade

How to Stay Consistent Like a Fish
by Oliver R.

A winter stream cold as an ice cube
but still beneath the surface fish thrive like a plant in the sun
in the frigid stream fish stay calm and consistent.

above the surface the threats come
humans fishing all day and night waiting for something
bears waiting where the water falls
but still in the fragile stream fish stay calm and

always working for the next generation
keeping the story alive, working their whole life
until they finally drift off to an infinite sleep
but the next generation will stay, calm and consistent.

by Kevin S.

Monkeys are devious like a thief.
They choose leaders like a chief.
They work well with some, but with others they have beef.
They can climb like a ninja.
They’re swift, if you have a banana they’ll come getcha.
They are strong like a god.
They are smart, some know how to knot.
Monkeys are great so why not applaud.

by Clark A.

Humans me and you we are
horrible for the earth even though we have
lots of worth,
most of us are selfish but some are selfless
but all are
we try to be good but everything is bad
for our universe, but humans
are family and friends also foes but there
is nowhere to go
we sit here wondering what our life is, “is it to
be rich?” or to “have a family?”

is it just to live your life in this mad, rad, and
sad world

Mr. D’s 6th Grade

How to yell like a cat
by Izzy G.

Once upon a time,
There was a cat.
his name was

he loved to
but most of all,
he loved to
was all he did.

This was the story of
a cat named Fluffy
whose owners are now deaf.

How to hunt like a cat
by Silas A.

They stay in the shadows
As quick as they walk
it’s crazy prey doesn’t see
that they’re being stalked.

The cat gets ready to pounce
The mouse is completely unaware
The cat is ready
To give that mouse a scare.

And there’s the jump
the mouse never knew
the cat in the air
it looked like it flew.

The mouse gave its final breath
coming out of his head
the cat had succeeded
the mouse is now dead.

The cat has his food
he now can eat
but wait, there’s another
mouse on the street.

How to sleep like a cat
by Leo H.

Cats are cool
but don’t like the pool
cats like to sleep
and they can land on their feet
they can perform a stunt
and they like to hunt
they don’t like other cats
and love to eat rats
when they want to eat
they go get meat



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.