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A Call for Change

crafting a poem or paragraph that persuades others to pay attention

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Listen to The Times They Are A-Changin’ by Bob Dylan and notice how he sends a call for change out to many people. Clearly, Dylan is passionate that the people of the world need to notice how the world is changing and not only face this change but also initiate change where and when needed.

As you listen, think about how Dylan focuses on writing with a clear, central idea or theme in mine, which is a central part of the idea development trait. Also notice his use of voice through the passion he conveys when calling out for change. What would you change about today’s world? Who would be best equipped to make this change?

After using the graphic organizer which helps you analyze the song as well as brainstorm your own big ideas that you are passionate about, carry your idea through the process. When you come to the rough drafting part of the process, you have the choice of writing a poem modeled after Dylan’s poem, or you can choose to write a prose piece which attempts to persuade a single person or group to initiate a specific change. Keep in mind the tools that can and should be used to create and face the changing world.

If you are having trouble thinking of possible areas for needed change in our world, look through the interactive buttons for ideas.


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If you're struggling to begin your poem about life, click the button below for ideas for metaphors you might explore.

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