By Sharon Creech
Lexile Level 790
It's spring which means April, National Poetry Month, will be here before we know it. Every year as part of our celebration of National Poetry Month our fourth graders write “I Am From” poems. “I Am From” poems typically describe students’ homes inside and out, family traditions and beloved family members. This year in addition to student samples, I’m going to read “But First, Before Zora,” which is a poem on page two of Sharon Creech’s new novel Moo. At the beginning of the novel, Reena lives in a big city, but by the end of the novel she’s planted roots in Maine. After we finish reading the novel aloud, I will ask students to write an “I Am From” poem from Reena’s point of view now that she calls Maine home. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!
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