HATE THAT CAT by Sharon Creech
WRITING DOWN THE WORDS – A CLASS ASSIGNMENT
Teacher, boy, letters.
Poetry history, rules.
Comments, questions, learn
Middle grade / YA (ages 8 and up)
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.