Hopes for the Holidays (Kind-of Concrete Poems)

For my final lesson with Ms. Wilson’s 4th graders at Dulles Elementary, we dove right into visual poetry. We read Whenever You See a Tree by Padma Venkatraman and learned that sometimes poetry is literally art class with words! The students wanted to draw trees of their own, and someone asked if they could draw a Christmas tree. I thought that was aa wonderful idea! Venkatraman’s poem is about hope, so we drew Christmas trees and “decorated” them with our hopes for the holidays.




“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.