Inquiring Minds

At this session the Sayre students brightened my day with their inquisitive capacities. We asked “What are questions like? What are they not like? How does it feel to ask a question? How does it feel not to know the answer? We read “Evening” by Jeannine Atkins, and students looked at how negative similes are constructed, highlighting differences using “aren’t like” as a catalyst. We explored and noticed and celebrated differences!

Mr. Charmelo, 7th grade, 1st Period

“Aren’t Like” by Lucas T.

Questions aren’t like stars, meant to burn out.

Questions aren’t like clothes, meant to fade away.

Questions aren’t like bald spots, meant to be hidden.

Question Poem by Monica S.

Questions aren’t exactly everyday thoughts.

Questions aren’t loiterers

they can travel around.

Questions aren’t related

nor are they bound (I’m so smart)

Questions aren’t dumb

they make you smarter

Questions aren’t limited

just try to think harder (Whatttt).

Questions aren’t like myths…

You might just get an answer.

“Questions” by Chika O.

Questions won’t eat your mind.

Leave you weak and swollen.

Questions aren’t like COVID they

won’t get you sick.

You won’t get cut for a single question

they won’t harm you much, unlike knives.

Mr. Charmelo, 7th grade, 2nd period’

Questions Aren’t by Jacob A.

Questions aren’t like rainbows they don’t come after rain.

Questions aren’t like spiders they don’t scare me.

Not Loud or Long by Riley W.

Questions aren’t a loud baby crying

Questions aren’t a long line.

Aren’t Meant To Be by Jamirayah L.

Like metal being mined

together, how do you put

the pieces of the bracelet together?

Like a bird soaring

high in the night sky,

how do they fly so high?

The spring time is

here and it is snowing

wen will the flower blossom?

The sky is light and

cold what will I do today?

Hearts aren’t like

a broken bracelet

hey aren’t meant to be broken or put

back together

Like a bird without

wind they aren’t meant

to fly.

Books aren’t like

flowers they

don’t blossom.

Unlike the

day people aren’t

to be light they are meant

to be anything under the sun.



“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.