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Bucket List

creating a poetic & personalized list that has rhythm and flow

This lesson was created by NNWP Consultant Temoca Dixon during the NNWP's iPods Across the Curriculum Workshop.

This writing prompt is inspired by the song

"Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim McGraw

Click here to do a Google search for the lyrics.

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Using the song "Live Like You Were Dying" from the soundtrack for The Bucket List as a model, students will take a look at their values and the things they would like to accomplish in their lives before they run out of time. They will use their writing skills to create their own unique "bucket list," taking this piece of work through the entire writing process. Students will shape their revised lists into free verse poems, which will be called "Bucket List Poems." Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait for this lesson is sentence fluency; writers' final lists will show rhythm in the writing, based on a variety of sentence lengths and repeating phrases for effect. The supporting skill is idea development; students will approach writing their Bucket Lists in a unique way, painting a picture in the reader’s mind about the values they hold as people.

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