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A Poetry-Inspired Writing Lesson from WritingFix
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Poems of Condition

a how-to-be poem that is built with conditional clauses

This lesson was created for WritingFix after being proposed by Northern Nevada Writing Project Consultant Rebekah Foster.

The mentor text:

Rudyard Kipling's If was turned into a wonderful picture book that provides nice visuals of the poem's content. You can also easily find the poem online.


Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

In Rudyard Kipling’s poemIf,” the author strings together several adverb clauses in order to tell the reader what he or she needs to do to grow up and become “a Man, my son!” While describing all the conditions that need to be met, Kipling finds a balance between contrasting character traits. Students will practice writing poems using the conditional “if” clause while guiding the reader on how to be a certain person.

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6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait for this writing assignment is sentence fluency; students will practice creating and punctuating adverb clauses as sentence starters. The support trait for this writing assignment is idea development; students will balance contrasting character traits and in the conditional mood.


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