September 24, 2017 – Joe Brainard and George Ella Lyon

This lesson began with a reading of Joe Brainard’s “I Remember.” As we read, we paid special attention to Brainard’s use of sensory details. After reading, we used the phrase “I remember…” to prompt our own writing. What did we remember? What did we want to forget?

Then, we read George Ella Lyon’s “Where I’m From.” As we read this poem, we noted the details Lyon uses to evoke time and a place. What about these details spoke to us? What details from our own lives could we use in our writing to do the same?

Prompts for further writing:

  1. Take a memory from “I Remember” and follow it to a story from the past.
  2. Write a poem like the poem “Where I’m From” by Lyon.


Selection from Joe Brainard’s “I Remember”

Where I’m From – George Ella Lyon