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Animals Not to [Verb] with...

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


Student Writer Instructions:

In Don’t Take Your Snake for a Stroll, a young boy gives advice about where not to take unusual pet animals.  It's fun to imitate Karin Ireland's poetry form from this book.  Want to try?

If you press button one below, you can choose a strange pet that might cause a problem in an unusual setting.  Pressing button two will help you choose a place where you might visit with your pet. 

Let your imagination soar as you ponder why it would be a bad idea to take your pet to this place.  In your rough draft, try to follow the author’s pattern by doing two things:  1)  Use interesting details and 2) write your stanzas with 4 lines, trying to make lines two and four to rhyme. 

Finished early?  Can you press the buttons again and write another one?  If you can write four, you will become an "Unusual Pet Genius!"

Interactive Choices for Writing:

If you're struggling to start, click the buttons below for some ideas that might inspire you to launch your piece of writing.

 

Select a "Do not Pet Statement"

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(It's okay to come up with your own pet statements here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)

Select a "Location Statement"


(It's okay to come up with your own location statements here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)

              

 

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