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HATE THAT CAT by Sharon Creech

Posted in reviewku: plunder, middle grade, reviewku: poetry (all)

WRITING DOWN THE WORDS – A CLASS ASSIGNMENT

Teacher, boy, letters.

Poetry history, rules.

Comments, questions, learn

 

Nitty Gritty:

Middle grade / YA (ages 8 and up)

Verse novel

First person POV

Main character  – Jack

Structure — poems are a series of school assignments — form a one sided conversation between Jack and his teacher

Tone, questions, attitudes and comments within poems give clues to unwritten teacher responses

What works well – Poet references and snippets of published poetry slipped into storyline

What doesn’t work quite so well / Bumps – sometimes heavy handed poetry teaching points

Theme – finding a path, understanding self, understanding poetry

Positive and pain-free way to bring famous poetry to non poetry readers.