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SPINNING THROUGH THE UNIVERSE: A NOVEL IN POEMS FROM ROOM 214 by Helen Frost

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EXPLORING EXPLORERS

Sonnets, sestinas,

acrostics and more. Twenty-

two forms for fifth grade

 

Nitty Gritty:

Middle grade / YA (ages 10 and up)

Verse novel

Realistic fiction

Multiple POV – children and adult voices (predominantly fifth grade children)

Fifth grade classroom – variety of verses from students, introductory verse from teacher

Teacher verse prologue/set-up/preface — unnecessary?

Obvious classroom tie in for poetry unit — too obvious?

Powerful language, vivid images

Unique voices show personalities of group of unique fifth grade students with specific worries, cares, concerns, hopes, dreams

Themes — poetry, exploring, grief, death, loss, stereotype, illness, bullying, self-confidence, self-esteem, hope, hopelessness, past, present, future

Epilogue explains all 22 poetic forms used during course of the story