Recipe: I Always Like Summer Best
This is a fast list poem that helps me anticipate the joys of summer. The mentor text is a poem called "Knoxville, Tennessee" written by Nikki Giovanni.
The first lines of the poem are:
I always like summer
you can eat fresh corn
From Daddy's garden...
The poem continues with all the special summer things you can do.
The ideas are connected with lots of ands which make the poem feel fun and breathless. If you like, end the poem with I always like summer best.
Here's a sample piece that I wrote under the influence of Nikki Giovanni's poem.
I always like summer best.
You can sleep late
and stay in PJ's until noon
and eat BBQ chicken
and peaches dripping with juice
and you can ride big waves,
build sand castles,
and get burgers on the way home.
You can stay up late playing cards,
laughing and laughing
until tears run down your face.
You can relax on the porch,
knowing there’s no homework.
You can hike in the mountains,
fly to see friends in Oregon
and still have time to relax
before school starts again.
I always like summer best!
(Written under the influence of Nikki Giovanni’s “Knoxville, Tennessee.”)
This is a great summer season kickoff poem so start thinking about the summer things you love. Summer. Summer. Summer. So close I can almost feel it.