SPINNING THROUGH THE UNIVERSE: A NOVEL IN POEMS FROM ROOM 214 by Helen Frost
acrostics and more. Twenty-
two forms for fifth grade
Middle grade / YA (ages 10 and up)
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