What Is It Like To Be Roared At?!

This week at Darwin Elementary! The second graders read Blake’s, Tyger, and considered his metaphor–that a tiger is so powerful, it seems as if it was made in a metal forge. Then I asked, what animal do you find amazing, and what sort of questions or metaphors would you create for it? As you can see below, the 2nd graders are getting quite skilled at the poetic line and the stanza, as well as metaphor and personification, two new vocabulary words for them. Enjoy!

Ms. Palacios
2nd Grade

Saber Tooth
Finnley S.

Saber Tooth. It is fierce
so fierce it dances from the
bushes when it sees the prey!
I asked the animal what it is
like to be roared at?!

Are you a myth I have not
seen or heard of you


Sean P.

A cheetah is really sooper
fast. A cheetah is yellow
and a cheetah has black
dots and orange stripes.

Why does a cheetah have
like spots or dots?
Why do they have
stripes and why are they yellow?

Why are cheetahs yellow
and orange and sharp


Xitlali V.

Monkey how are you not frightened
by climbing up the high trees?
Why do you love bananas?
Why do you go bananas?

Would you like the
monkey bars? Do you go
bananas because you like to?
Do you like to eat
a lot?


Ms. Garcia
2nd Grade

Leanne O.

Perros son hermosos y
porque son como un
juguete que lo hacen
y son calloritos hermosos
y bodemos jugar con
ellos y

Como crecieron
y como hacen trucos
y son muy cuidadosos con sus perros
y son hermosos
y porque?

Leanne O.

Dogs are cute and
they eat their toys
that they have
the warm embraces
that we have with them

How do they grow?
And how do they do tricks
And they are really careful with their puppies
And they are gentle
And why?


Daniel B.

Monos son ruidosos
los gatos son hermosos
un lion es qantoso
un perro es hermoso
pajares son hermosos
mariposas son bonita
un mapache es hermoso
un conejo es bonito

Daniel B.

Monkeys are noisy
The cats are beautiful
A lion is great
A dog is beautiful
Haystacks are beautiful
Butterflies are pretty
A raccoon is beautiful
A rabbit is beautiful

The People Who Love Lions
Elijah G.

I want to send this
message to a lion
because a lion
is the king of
the zoo and the
lion is strong and
he takes the
animals food.




“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.