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Ponder Listen Imagine Feel

Full of mental images, HOW TO WRITE A POEM by Kwame Alexander and Deanna Nikaido, illustrated by Melissa Sweet is a step-by-step instructional journey from question to finished poem.

Characters: Student (you), teacher

Theme: education and knowledge

Conflict: treasure hunt

Perspective: second person

Style: instructional narration

Plot: The first step is to begin with a question. Next, open your mind. Listen, feel, explore. Let the words rain down then carefully select the ones that best express your feelings. Write them down. Now share your poem with us.

Setting: Wheels or connectors balanced together as if on a bicycle.


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