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You Can't Ask for That! Poety Lesson

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You Can't Ask for That! Poetry

This comparison/contrast lesson was created by NNWP Teacher Consultant Dena Harrison. Check out all of Dena's online writing lessons by clicking here.

The intended "mentor texts" to be used when teaching this writing across the curriculum lesson are the song Love Song by Sarah Bareilles and the poem Valentine for Ernest Mann by Naomi Shihab Nye. Before writing, students should listen to and discuss the writing of both authors.

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