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Welcome to This Lesson:

Animals Not to [Verb] with...

writing four four-line animal poems to make your reader giggle

This lesson idea was built for WritingFix after being proposed by Nevada teacher Michelle Dow at an SBC-sponsored inservice class.

The mentor text:

Don't Take Your Snake for a Stroll is pure fun. The book's short, four-line poetry structure can be impersonated by your students who love to play with words and love to play with rhymes. This is a great lesson to do right after students learn a less-interesting writing format, like a hamburger paragraph or a constructed response.

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

In Karin Ireland's delightful book, an odd-looking boy takes his unusual pets to common places with uproarious results.  Student writers, inspired by Don't Take Your Snake for a Stroll, will compose four original poems about activities that shouldn't be done with interesting animals.  Poems will follow an a-b-c-b rhyming pattern, and writers will choose their favorite poems and illustrate them. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

Students can easily spot and replicate Karin Ireland’s sentence fluency pattern, which they can replicate; the trick is...can they capture a rhythm that flows in their original poems.  Students should be strongly encouraged to use select adjectives and verbs to build strong word choice skills in their four-line poems.

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