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Focus Trait: IDEA DEVELOPMENT Support Trait: VOICE

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You Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar!

turning a life lesson from a children's literature into a modern & relevant story


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Have you ever heard the phrase, “Everything I need to know I learned in kindergarten?” Well, its kinda true! Whether it is to pick up after yourself or to avoid lying, cheating and stealing, or to be nice to others, many of the rules of life are learned when we are very young. However, just because we learned those rules a long time ago, it doesn’t mean they are irrelevant today. As a matter of fact, modern laws are often simply “adult” versions of kindergarten rules.

For this lesson, you will be thinking of children’s songs and finding ways they are not only still applicable today, but they are more relevant than ever! The example we will work with and model is Jack Johnson’s Cookie Jar. After listening to and analyzing that song, we will go on a quest to find a children’s song, nursery rhyme or story that has a meaningful and relevant message today and convey it in an original poem.

Since that message will drive our poetry, the focus trait is idea development. So choose a song/story and message you care about! Once you choose a theme you believe in, your main task will be to come up with passionate and emotional words to persuade your audience to agree with you. That means our support trait will be voice and if you care about your topic, your voice will come through and ultimately determine how effective your message is in reaching and persuading your audience.

If you are having trouble thinking of a message to drive you poem, use the interactive buttons to help you come with ideas.

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Themes taught through children's literature:

Places to find/remember children's stories with messages:

  • Disney movies
  • nursery rhymes
  • children’s songs
  • picture books
  • chapter books
  • poems
  • cartoons
  • parables
  • myths
  • fables
  • folklore
  • legends
  • proverbs
  • limericks

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