Recently, Bret Harte 2nd graders read “A Little Girl’s Poem” by Gwendolyn Brooks. Written from a young person’s point of view, the poem begins with “Life is for me and is shining!/ Inside me I/ Feel stars and sun and bells singing” and ends with “Life is for us, and is shining./ We have a right to sing.” After reading the poem and discussing whether or not to make changes in our current world, students imagined worlds of their own making.
Superpowers are real
super speed and super help every day
People can fly
no one can make you give up on your dreams
An app that allows you to
watch videos and do homework together.
I want to feel happiness
I want to see fun singing
I want to feel good
I want to feel nice
I want to read better
Rules: I want there to be no more war.
I want no one to sleep on the street
freezing cold. I do not want children
to starve. I do not want people
to be murdered. I want there to be a
better environment. I want people to feel
joyful and free.
Inside me I feel hyper, like I always do. I wish
that people stop killing and shooting each other.
Everybody should have free phones for all ages,
even babies. I love ramen so free ramen
forever. Yay! NO ADULTS! Kids are kids forever
and our payments go 1 billion dollars a day
since we have the bank to ourselves. Everybody has
Inside me I feel like I’m a
butterfly flying or a flower
blooming. I wish no one was
mean to others and no one was
killed in the world. It’s sad.
One rule I would make
is everyone was happy
in the world.
If a person was mean to another person
about their skin color, then I would change
that. And if all people was mean
to each other I would change that.
I wish for people to be happy every day.
For everybody not to be slaves
and have freedom. You can eat junk
food and you won’t even
get sick and get big.
All stores are free and everyone will be love.
And there is no school in January and December
and nice people.
I want to feel happy.
No work for grown ups.
You could have any pet.
You don’t have to write.
You don’t have to wear a mask.
You don’t have to wear a coat.
I wish that covid 19
would end so we don’t
have to wear masks.
I want people to stop
stealing kids. I would
I would never change anything!
There is just one thing I need to
I love how they make
discounts and stuff like that!
I feel great about the world!
We can save the children.
We can save the world.
We can save the mothers.
We can save the fathers.
We can save the boys.
We can save the girls.
We can save the people.
Well I think that people should
be more nice and the planet can
be a cheeto planet and people will
stop killing. It is bad and can cause
a war and can be a big problem
and we can be better at poetry!
No bad words! No killing!
No slaves! People that are kind
with no people that are mean!
No bullying! No hurting! Endless
water! People stop dying. People could
fly! People could walk on clouds!
Animals could talk! Rainbows can
appear when you think of one! People could
I want to play
I want to have fun
I want to have superpowers
I want to play my game
I want to be the president