Part of Slice of Life by Two Writing Teachers
I saw this “Anatomy of a Pantoum” on instagram today, posted by @beabetterwriter. So, I did some more reading about the form. I guess it used to be a rhyming poem, and now not so much. So I thought I’d try both kinds… no rhyme, and a rhyme…. Because it’s April, and it was the first day of the PSSAs, the first time any of my own children have taken the test. I’m fairly sure I’m not doing this totally correctly… but hey! I’m trying!
I don't think it's good for kids a pantoum without rhyme One might be doing it to fit in One might be doing it for the bubble gum I'm not sure why I didn't just opt them out But my kids took their first PSSA today One might be doing it for the bubble gum That's what motivates some through But my kids took their first PSSA today And by all accounts, it's fine That's what motivates some through For 4 more days they'll test And by all accounts, it's fine I don't think it's good for kids For 4 more days they'll test I'm not sure why I didn't just opt them out I don't think it's good for kids One might be doing it to fit in Cop out on the Opt Out a pantoum with rhyme "I hope I get my teacher a good score" You knew then you had copped out Because this was the very first time your PSSA-hating self hadn't signed the opt out. You knew then you had copped out. Pressured from some unseen place, Tired of the invisible testing walkout You can't beat it, so I guess you just embraced? Pressured from some unseen place Your kids are annoyed with this task Thinking the rules are stupid in this case "Why no watches or snacks?" They ask. Your kids are annoyed with this task You knew then you had copped out You put on your happy mom mask: "You can do it! I have no doubt."
2 thoughts on “A slice of 2 PSSA pantoums of course!”
I’m impressed you wrote two Pantoums. Testing and questioning it works well w/ this form. I wrote a pantoum today as part of the Ethical ELA April writing challenge but haven’t posted it on my blog.
I appreciate how you juxtaposed the two types of pantoums, unrhymed and rhymed, plus how you redirected your frustrations in creative directions.