Haiku Poems about Factory Life in the Mills: First Hour

My 8th Grade Historians have been learning about life in Northern factories during the Industrial Revolution. The task today is to create haiku poems about factory life. This life was exciting for these children but was also very dangerous. Many girls worked in the mills because it was their only chance for independence in society and provided the opportunity to earn good money for themselves and contribute financially to their families. 

I would post these poems in the hallway but our hallways are currently being painted so this blog will be our display board for some of the the creative work my students have written today.

Working day and night
risking my life for money
little time to rest.
~Abby

No windows open
almost like stuck in summer
just trapped in, not out.
~Abby

Hot like the summer
lives falling away like leaves
as sad as winter.
~Oliver

Two books ain't enough
boarding takes half of my pay
the strikes haven't worked.
~Oliver

In summer it starts
each moment stifling hot
working to survive.
~Priyal

Leaves begin, like work
but leaves fall, dead to the ground
life my life does not.
~Priyal

Harsh like the winter
humid rooms like the summer
is it worth the pay?
~Morgan

Cotton cut fingers
offered money for young girls
deafening machines.
~Morgan

Where a mill girl starves
is forty six bucks enough?
choose what you will carve.
~Yuvi

Working in a mill
Lucy had fun with her job
although it was harsh.
~Olivia

Hot, stuffy, humid
factories are like summer
except without fun.
~Jason

Lowell girls started
at very young ages to
make money to live.
~Jackson

Young girls working hard
waking up very early
bad work area.
~Tessy

Working for low wages
very high risk of death
work fourteen hours.
~Jack

Start at four thirty
lunch at twelve o'clock pm
end at six thirty.
~Jack

Threads spinning
regretful decision
bruised hands throbbing
~Chloe

Hours of labor
passing through time working
seasons change while working.
~Chloe

Summer, fall working
Winter, spring weaving the string
just one buck per week.
~Laura

Sad and dangerous
unhealthy air, nobody cares
no wages for me.
~Laura

Lowell mill is cold
and as harsh as Michigan's 
very cold winter.
~Donald

All the girls worked hard
if their hair was caught they die.
Life was hard like winter.
~Joshmita

So many young girls
got their own money to use
conditions not good.
~Irie

AL windows shut tight
no sunlight for the young girls
just like summer there
~Irie

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