Poetry in Translation: Micaela By Andalucia

Over half of my students speak Spanish as their heart language. I'm incredibly grateful for the wealth of Spanish poetry and Spanish-English/English-Spanish translations available. While at La Cosecha Bilingual Education Conference, I met the author of this excellent bilingual poetry text. 

http://www.adalucia.net/micaela.html

http://www.adalucia.net/micaela.html

Here's a blurb about the author, Andalucia:

Adalucía Quan is the author and illustrator of The Magic of Clay, a very popular ceramic book for readers of all ages. Her second title La chica de Mendiburo is the winner of the 2007 International Latino Book Awards for Best Young Adult Fiction Book in Spanish. She is also the author of The Song of the Coconut, winner of the 2009 International Latino Book Awards for Best Educational Children’s Book in English. Adalucía’s latest titles are Jesus’ Birthday Gift (2012) and Micaela: Despertar en poesía/Waking Up to Poetry, winner of 7 awards at the 2013 International Latino Book awards. Adalucía is a ceramic artist and graphic designer. Born in Miraflores, a beautiful neighborhood in Lima, Peru, she came to the US fresh out of high school to pursue a college education. Adalucía holds a BS in Art and Modern Languages Education from Florida International University, Miami, Florida and a MA in Art Education from The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. Adalucía is a great storyteller and teacher. Her ceramic pieces tell many personal stories and her poems are inscribed on her pots and sculptures.

Despertar en poesia/ Waking Up to Poetry is a vivid portrayal of a young Latina woman appreciating day-to-day interactions with nature and society. This book has won several awards. We will be enjoying it during morning advisory and a few workshop mini-lessons. Every piece lends itself to teaching tone, imagery, and mood.

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Winner at the 2015 International Latino Book Awards in 4 categories!

-Best Young Adult Fiction Book-Spanish-1st PLACE
-Best Educational Young Adult Book-1st PLACE
-Best Young Adult Latino Focused Book-Spanish-1st PLACE
-Best Cover Illustration-2nd PLACE
— http://www.adalucia.net/micaela.html

 

 

More...Just Because

Spring break is officially over and the students return to class today. I’m trusting the diligently completed their reading logs and maybe even jotted a few lines of verse on the side. Missed those kiddos! Here’s some more of their poetry… just because.

 

“Just Because I’m a man” by J.

Just because I’m a amn

Doesn’t mean I know everything

Doesn’t mean that I’am better than girls

And doesn’t mean I’m bigger and stronger

Just because I’m a man

Doesn’t mean I have all the power

Doesn’t mean I have to prove myself

And doesn’t mean I ‘m rich

Just because I’m a man

Doesn’t mean I’m offensive

Doesn’t mean I should have everything

And doesn’t mean I’m racist

Question: Why do you judge me?

Question: don’t’ you know?

Question: Why do you think this?

Statement: I’m a man

“Just Because I go to School” By A.

Just because I go to school

Doesn’t mean I’m smart

Doesn’t mean I’m dumb

And doesn’t mean I like school

Just because I go to school

Doesn’t mean I like to read

Doesn’t mean I like to learn

And doesn’t mean I’m great at it

Just because I go to school

Doesn’t mean I am focused

Doesn’t mean I am nice

And doesn’t mean I am quiet

Question: Why are we different at school?

Question: Why are we shy at school?

Question: Why do they expect so much

Statement: not all of us are meant to go to school

 

Just Because I am Young BY D.

Just because I am young

Doesn’t mean I don’t listen

Doesn’t mean I just play

And doesn’t mean I yell

Just because I am young

Doesn’t mean I’m rude

Doesn’t mean That when I doing something I am not listening

And doesn’t mean I am pay attion

Just because I am young

Doesn’t mean I don’t track

Doesn’t mean I don’t have feelings

And doesn’t mean I don’t follow the rules

Question: Why do you think I am not pay attention?

Question: Why do you think I don’t follow the rules?

Question: Why do you think I just play?

Statement: I am respectful

"Just Because" Poems

“Just Because I’m Mexican” by G.

Just because I’m Mexican

Doesn’t mean I’m poor

Doesn’t mean I don’t know English

And dosen’t mean I like to work

Just because I’m Mexican

Doesn’t mean no Job

Doesn’t mean love tortillas

 And doesn’t mean I like to drink

Just because I’m Mexican

Doesn’t mean I don’t like to learn

Doesn’t mean I jumped the border

And doesn’t mean I run from the cops

Question: Who are you to Judge?

Question: Why would u ask me

Question: Why do u make fun of me

Statement: Im my own person

 

I mentioned in my last post that providing a little bit of structure in the poetry writing process is a great way to engage reluctant or beginning to intermediate writers.

Recently students wrote “Just Because” poems as a means to exploring our complex identities.  The format is simple.  My kids loved it! Here are few samples (original typos included) with the template below:

 

“Just Because I’m a girl” By N.

Just because I’m a girl

Doesn’t’ mean I feel powerful

Doesn’t mean I don’t have to fallow rules

And doesn’t mean I don’t respect others

Just because I’m a girl

Doesn’t mean I don’t help others

Doesn’t mean I don’t have feelings

And doesn’t mean I’m rude

Just because I’m a girl

 Doesn’t mean I like pink

Doesn’t mean I don’t need consequences

And doesn’t mean I don’t play sports

Question: Who are you to judge me?

Question: Why do you think I’m different?

Question: Why do you care about how I’m like?

Statement: I am my own person

 

 “Just Because [I'm] Aferican-American” by K.

Just because im aferican american

Doesn’t mean I have a gun

Doesn’t mean the police could hate on my ple

And doesn’t mean that if we wear red or blue, were not a blood or crip

Just because [I’m] aferican American

Doesn’t mean we werer all born from the hood

Doesn’t mean that people can’t judge us for eating KFC

And doesn’t mean we play other sports but basketball

Just because I’m aferican American

Doesn’t mean we are getto

Doesn’t mean we where all poor

And doesn’t mean [we] have shaky houses

Question: Why do the police hate?

Question: Why do they hate blacks?

Question: why don’t [they] do anything to the whites?

Statement: That’s why they made straight outta compton