My inspiration for “My Garden of Eden” comes from Verse-Love, Ethical ELA, which was created by Sarah J. Donovan. Today’s prompt was from Jessica Shernburn, a high school English teach who lives in Chicago, Illinois. Jessica suggested that we look at text annotations for inspiration. Could there be beauty and poetry in annotations?
I fell in love with annotation when I taught Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. I poured over its book of annotations – like secrets held only for me. I loved sharing tidbits I had learned with my students, and they began seeing annotation as a treasure hunt. Annotation is, indeed, the key to reading deeply and mindfully.
I am currently reading, French Dirt by Richard Goodman and I have been marveling at his turn of phrase, the words he chooses to describe his year as a gardener in France – how he wrangles and wrestles the earth to create something beautiful. I have re-arranged some of his words that I had underlined, wanting to hold them in my mind and heart.