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crafting a poem about the wind, modeled after Listen to the Rain.


Student Writer Instructions:

In Listen to the Rain, Bill Martin Jr. helps us to hear a rainstorm---from the “drip-drop tinkle” to the “steady sound” to the “lashing gnashing teeth of rain” and finally to the “slowly slowly stopping” of the rain. If you were to write a poem entitled, “Listen to the Wind,” could you use powerful words to describe how a wind storm begins, accelerates, and then fades away?

To begin, press Button 1 below to collect some perfect words to describe the soft sounds or feelings that a beginning wind storm might have. Look through the entire list of words by clicking the button over and over. Press Button 2 to collect the words you might use to describe the middle of the wind storm. Press Button 3 to collect words you might want to show the most intense part of the wind storm. Finally, go back to Button 1 to find the words you will use to show the dying of the storm.

If you feel comfortable doing so, you may use this template as an organizational tool to write your own poem. If you prefer to write your poem without the template, feel free to do so. Keep in mind that your word choices will help your reader see, feel, and hear the wind storm you create.

 

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.

Soft Word Ideas:
 
(It's okay to come up with your own soft word choices here, if can think of better ones)

Middle Words Ideas:
 
 
(It's okay to come up with your own middle word choices here, if can think of better ones.)

Hard Word Ideas:


(It's okay to come up with your own hard word choices here, if can think of better ones.)


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