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Little Toy Friend Poems

a poem told from a "lost" plaything's

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Today you will be creating rough drafts for a poem. The word game below will help you by providing different types of toys in different settings. Use the word game for ideas or picture in your mind a favorite toy.

Imagine leaving that toy somewhere for an unspecified length of time. What could the toy tell you when you find it of its’ unintended adventure? The word game also provides different settings in which your poem could take place.

Review Stevenson’s poem and take note of how he listed some of the things his toy soldier may have seen. Taking your setting into consideration, list some of the things one might see in that setting. Also notice how Stevenson addresses the toy soldier’s senses to recall the adventure the toy soldier has experienced. You may use the lesson's graphic organizer to help you arrange each stanza of your poem. 

Robert Louis Stevenson

A Child's Garden of Verses

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(It's okay to come up with your own toy ideas for this activity, if you think of a better one.)

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