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Objective: Using powerful and expressive language (while leaving the weak words behind).

But first, a word or two about line breaks in free verse poetry!

News Poetry (EN)

  1. Read and take the quiz on a new Newsela article that might be about a deep theme.
  2. Paste the lyrics of one of your favorite songs into VocabGrabber to get a word list.
  3. Respond to the article you read using six interesting words from the song list. You might say how you feel about the issue, make a connection, or say what matters most.
  4. Carve a poem from your response! First cut out the weak words. Second, punctuated with line breaks to keep lines short and sharp.

Sneaker Head (EN)

  1. Paste the names of many, many Jordans into VocabGrabber to get a word list.
  2. Write 750 characters on one of the following (while using as many sneaker words as possible):
    • I really wish others knew this about me…
    • I feel most energized when…
    • My favorite way to spend the day is…
    • What can you learn from your biggest mistakes?
  3. Carve a poem from your response! First cut out the weak words. Second, punctuated with line breaks to keep lines short and sharp.

 

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