This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness

This Is Just to Say Poems of Apology and Forgiveness When Mrs Merz asks her sixth grade class to write poems of apology they end up liking their poems so much that they decide to put them together into a book Not only that but they get the people to w

  • Title: This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness
  • Author: Joyce Sidman Pamela Zagarenski
  • ISBN: 9780618616800
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When Mrs Merz asks her sixth grade class to write poems of apology, they end up liking their poems so much that they decide to put them together into a book Not only that, but they get the people to whom they apologized to write poems back.In haiku, pantoums, two part poems, snippets, and rhymes, Mrs Merz s class writes of crushes, overbearing parents, loving and losingWhen Mrs Merz asks her sixth grade class to write poems of apology, they end up liking their poems so much that they decide to put them together into a book Not only that, but they get the people to whom they apologized to write poems back.In haiku, pantoums, two part poems, snippets, and rhymes, Mrs Merz s class writes of crushes, overbearing parents, loving and losing pets, and Some poets are deeply sorry some not at all Some are forgiven some are not In each pair of poems a relationship, a connection, is revealed.

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    858 thoughts on “This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness”

    1. These are really wonderful poems for older children. Some are funny, some are poignant, and some are truly heartbreaking and not suitable for very young kids. This poetry book has a wonderful premise: the first half of the book has poems of apology and the second half are poems of forgiveness (or not) in response. I had to look back a couple of times to match them up properly, but most were memorable enough to not have to do that. I loved these poems, and it would make a wonderful class project [...]


    2. Through this collection of poems, the reader catches a glimpse into the way that children think and feel, at least through the eyes of the author, Joyce Sidman. The first half of the book consists of a collection of short poems written by the imaginary class of teacher, Mrs. Merz. These poems express words of apology for a variety of "offenses" such as getting carried away in a dodgeball game, stabbing a sister with a pencil, and breaking garage windows - to name a few. The second half of the bo [...]


    3. I really like this book. Ditulis oleh Joyce Sidman, tapi seolah ditulis oleh anak-anak grade 6, yang isinya permintaan maaf. Ada permintaan maaf dari anak ke ibunya, ada yang dari murid ke guru, ada juga dari teman ke teman.Yang unik, buku ini terbagi 2 part. Part 1 berisi puisi permintaan maaf, yang part 2 berisi jawaban dari orang-orang yang mereka mintai maaf. Kalau membaca buku ini, nggak berasa kalau ini buku ditulis oleh seorang dewasa. Seolah anak-anak ini benar-benar real dan mereka menu [...]


    4. Inspired by WCW's "This is Just to Say," a fictional class writes and sends a set of apology poems and then receives responses, in poetry, of course.I rather like this faux anthology. It's been done than I expected. Sidman went farther than just lighthearted fair and the book is better for it. This isn't to say it's not fun, because it is. It's just that the variety--of styles, of topics--make it good.This thing has so many uses. Kids will get a kick out of it as well parents. Teachers/Librarian [...]


    5. What a neat book! This book was originally written by a class of sixth graders who were working on an assignment to write poems to say you're sorry. It turned out so successful that they turned it into a book. It didn't stop there! In addition, they all got to write responses to the people whom they apologized to. They also had an artistic classmate create all of the illustrations. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind story! I loved how the apologies were sometimes not apologies, but excuses. It r [...]


    6. I really like the idea of this book, poems of apology and their responses of forgiveness, but I was distracted by the fact that they were all written by one person. The book jacket makes it seem as if a sixth grade class has written poems of apology to one another and received poems of forgiveness back. This isn't the case, the author has simply used this idea as the framework for her compilation (which was kind of a bummer). I also wished the apology and forgiveness poems were together, with on [...]


    7. This was a very touching collection of poems. A group of 6th graders wrote poems apologizing to someone. The people that received the poems wrote back. Some of the poems were written by a group effort to fill in the gaps. The poems have a lot of emotion, which make them authentically interesting. The illustrations add to the sweetness of the poems and really fit with the tone. I think this book would be great for introducing poetry to middle school students. It would show them how to write about [...]


    8. If I'm biased about this book, it's because it was given to me by good friends who wished us well as we read it together - thank you Rachel, thank you Noel, thank you Greg. And "well" is what we are as we have enjoyed reading it together - the last book of 2012. Sidman's verse (divided between the apologies in the first half followed by the corresponding forgivenesses in the second) and Zagarenski's illustrations are magical, sometimes very touching and always unexpected (especially in the forgi [...]


    9. Texas Bluebonnet for the '08-'09 school year. Joyce Sidman creates a classroom where students write poems of apologies in their 6th grade English class. Those people that the poems were directed to write back their responses in poetry form for the second half of the book. I loved the poems! Some of them were quite funny.


    10. A delightful children's book based on William Carlos Williams poem, "This Is Just to Say." Williams' poem is itself an apology poem and reads:"I have eatenthe plumsthat were inthe iceboxand whichyou were probablysavingfor breakfastForgive methey were deliciousso sweetand so cold'The book chronicles apology poems from sixth graders, written as part of a poetry unit at their school, and has two parts. The first part consists of apologies, and the second part consists of those who were apologized t [...]


    11. This book honestly made me cry. The contrasting poems of apologies and forgiveness were beautifully done. Some of those things that the children apologized for tugged at my heart, and the response they were given even more so. Not only does this book show different styles of poetry, it sends a good message to children and adults. You don't really think about the things that children think about until they find the way to say it. For example, one of the poems was about a child apologizing to his [...]


    12. I used this book to teach a poetry writing unit to 7th graders this past fall. In truth--this book of poems might be one of my favorite collections of poetry. Modeled after William Carlos Williams's poem "This is just to say." this funny and touching book is a wonderful way to introduce poetry in a non-threatening way. I think many students have this conception that poems need to rhyme and be full of flowery and elaborate language. Sideman's poems are about every day moments and emotions we feel [...]


    13. This is a very interesting poetry book. It is unique because of the format of it. It is not just individual poems, but poems of apology and forgiveness. Each apology has a response of forgiveness even having some poems narrated by animals forgiving their owners. I would use this in a 4th or 5h grade classroom because of the complexity in the format of the book.


    14. Genre: PoetryUnique Features: This is a very unique book because it’s broken down into two sections. One is the apologies and then the second is the forgiving poems. It’s an easy read and fun to use in a classroom.Grade: 4-8th


    15. This collection of poems features the authentic writing of students. The book opens with poems of apology and ends with poems of forgiveness. The topics range from the silly (a game of kickball) to heartbreaking (Jewel’s poem to her father who walked out on the family). The range captures the interest of intermediate aged kids, who still love to be carefree and silly but are also dealing with serious topics like death and crushes. The book is unique because each writer’s voice is unique. S [...]


    16. APA: Sidman, J. (2007). This is just to say: Poems of apology and forgiveness. Houghton Mifflin Company.Review: Randall Enos from Booklist (2007) states, “For a poetry unit, a fictional sixth-grade class writes “sorry” poems. They like their poems so much they decide to put them together into a book and then add a second section with responses from the recipients of the “sorry” poems. The result is a captivating anthology of short poems in various styles touching on different aspects o [...]


    17. Book Review The Library Media Connection (2007) states the following about Joyce Sidman’s book, “This Is Just To Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness”: “Every school should purchase a copy of this book of poetic apologies and responses. The title poem by William Carlos Williams sets the tone. Sidman sought help in writing a poem to her mother from a group of fourth graders in one of her writing workshops, which became the impetus for this book. Zagarenski uses typical schoolchildren mat [...]


    18. I liked the style of illustration in this, which in places reminded me of candy for some reason because the colors tended to be very bright, while the style was childlike without being cloying. The concept that this was written as a class project by an imaginary group of sixth graders worked very well, and I liked the idea that there were responses to each apology. The topic choices were very good as well, ranging from the funny (stealing jelly donuts from the teachers lounge) to the heartbreaki [...]


    19. Initially I picked this up for Pamela Zagarenski's illustration. I'd read "Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors" and loved her subtle use of color. But the illustration is hardly the main attraction here. The collage element is nice, but otherwise the pictures are simple drawings. Zagarenski's style itself doesn't do a lot for me, but in this case it worked nicely, lending believability to the "this book was made by a buncha kids" factor. They do look like children might've drawn them. Illu [...]


    20. Book Title: This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and ForgivenessAPA Citation: Sidman, J. (2007). This is just to say. Boston: Houghton.Original Review: This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness by Joyce Sidman is a book of poems with two parts. One section is titled Apologies and the other is titled Responses. The book can be read section by section or paired up with its response. One poem is an apology from a student for eating the donuts for teachers. He explains how he couldn’t [...]


    21. Love this book!!!! It is so full of honest emotions that will hopefully inspire poets everywhere. I can't wait to use it with my fourth grade writers and our writing club. I am excited to see what they create with these poems as models.


    22. Sidman, J. (2007). This is just to say: Poems of apology and forgiveness. Boston: HoughtonMifflin.This book of poems was ‘written’ by the students in Mrs. Merz’s class. After reading William Carlos Williams’s poem This Is Just to Say, they were inspired to write apology poems to someone they had hurt. Some are humorous. One boy writes to the school secretary about stealing doughnuts. A girl apologizes for rubbing a statue’s nose before every spelling test. Others are more profound. A s [...]


    23. APA:Sidman, J & Zagarenski, P. (2007). This is just to say: Poems of apology and forgiveness. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.Review:Library Media Connection (2007) says:“Every school should purchase a copy of this book of poetic apologies and responses. The title poem by William Carlos Williams sets the tone. Sidman sought help in writing a poem to her mother from a group of fourth graders in one of her writing workshops, which became the impetus for this book. Zagarenski uses typical schoolc [...]


    24. (2007) This book is so heartfelt. In it, sixth grade students write apology letters to their parents, siblings, friends, and other people/pets. They write their letters as poems, and receive poems in return. It was so interesting to see the replies to each student's letter. I would use this at any grade level, and pick poems that are most beneficial for my class.


    25. This Is Just to Say by Joyce Sidman is a perfect resource for teaching poetry in the classroom. The book is split into two sections. The first is a collection of poems written as apologies and the second are poems written as forms of forgiveness. The first section of poems originally were produces by a classroom of sixth graders. The intended readers of the apology poems then wrote their own poems as forms of forgiveness. These poems are written in a variety of forms including free verse, haiku, [...]


    26. “This is Just to Say” is a brilliant collection of apology poems written by a mock 6th grade class. The apologies are followed by a collection of responses to the original poems. The “classroom project” was inspired by William Carlos Williams’ poem This is Just to Say.The illustrations made this book fun and accessible. Most students view poetry as drab, old-people stuff but these illustrations show otherwise. They are funky and use bright colors. Zagarenski said she wanted it to be au [...]


    27. Joyce Sidman's poems strike a chord in readers by recounting careless words spoken, impulsive acts of theft, unrequited love, disappointing a parent, and getting carried away in sports. The simple language is easy for children to read and its humor and emotional depth is accessible for young and old readers alike. The varying poetry styles such as haiku, rhymes, and two-part poems accentuate the poems' different voices.Pamela Zagarenski's illustrations are a collage of pictures, oftentimes on a [...]


    28. Joyce Sidman uses the poem "This Is Just to Say" by William Carlos Williams as the basis for This Is Just to Say : Poems of Apology and Forgiveness. In her book, an imaginary class is assigned the task of writing a poem apology to someone. The students apologize to teachers, parents, siblings, and pets; some poems are about trivial matters while others are about serious wrongs. Thomas apologizes to Mrs. Garcia in the office about stealing the jelly doughnuts from the teachers’ lounge; Alyssa a [...]


    29. Review:As far as poetry books go, this one tops my list. Written by sixth grade students, these poems of apology (and sometimes forgiveness) are funny, heartwarming, and very real. Students will see this book as one to inspire their own poetry as it breaks down some of the misconceptions writers often have about the way poems should go. The authors of the book generally write in free verse, some using specific poetic forms like Haiku, but mostly they are short, powerful verses that get right to [...]


    30. Genre: PoetryCopyright: 2007Mrs. Merz’s introduced the poem, This Is Just to Say, by Williams Carlos Williams to her 6th graders, which then inspired students to write sorry poems to their parents, siblings, friends, teachers, and pets. What’s more interesting is that students received response poems from whom they apologized to. Some poems are funny and humorous, while others are very touching, especially the one that a child’s apology poem to her father changed her father’s mind of lea [...]


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