Statues & Monuments: Changing the Face of the Statue of Liberty

T&W writers’ in-class writing prompts and exercises inspired and generated the adapted poem found in A Poem as Big as New York City.  From this imaginative, diverse, massive, and multi-faceted material, an adapted work emerged.  Here’s a peek at one of the lessons that served as the raw clay to shape young writers’ minds.  All lessons were taught in New York City classrooms, but could be adapted to suit your own community.



Statues & Monuments: Changing the Face of the Statue of Liberty  

Young writers imagine their own face is the much-cherished face of the Statue of Liberty. What would they see from such a high and historic perch? They could also imagine themselves as another monument that would uphold a virtue other than liberty—would they like to be erected as a statue in the Hudson or East River that exemplifies happiness, hip-hop, or equality? Young writers can imagine what new statues in New York Harbor would be inspirational to the world.

The Statue of Peace
by Deena 

As you sleep by day and awake at night.

People love your sight.

When it’s night she hangs a sign so bright.

Telling us to stop the fight the
sign is so bright its brighter
then light.

Stop War stop the fight.

As the days go by, as a baby cries

She watches over as someone

She can see from P.S.1.S.187 to
Central Park even when its

As a bird tries to fly

When somebody wants to
cry because their friend
just died.

In a war they fall in
and a bullet called them

Do you see what
you can do as you fight

The light gets brighter
as heart gets tighter.

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