If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries by Judith ViorstPersonal Reaction: I liked this book, I thought that it was very similar to Shel Silversteins poetry that I read as a kid. It is written as the thoughts that kids have about their world and growing up so I feel like it is more easily relatable to them.
I would use this book for the beginning of a poetry unit for 2nd-4th grade. The book is split into different categories, some are just split based on what object the poems in that section are about and some sections are split based on the type of poem. This book has lyric poems, fairytales, and even some nonsense and narration poems. I would use it to introduce a poetry lesson and read a different one from each section to begin to talk about the widely different categories of poems that there are and the characteristics that separate them. Aside from how the book is organized, each poem uses a good amount of figurative language and different aspects such as repetition and rhythm which help establish a flow to the poems. Of course there is also the use of other elements of poetry such as rhyme, both contrived and natural just depending on the poem. Throughout the poetry unit I would continue to read a couple different poems everyday to begin to show students the different sounds to each poem and increase their understanding and enjoyment of poetry.
“If I Were a Dog” by Richard Shelton
Our writers at Henderson Annex are growing in vocabulary, ideas and expression. On this beautiful, sunny morning, it is my pleasure to post some of their most recent work. What would you be if you could be any animal or creature? A penguin perhaps, or a dolphin or the mythical dosharkgo part dog, part shark and part goat made up by Sameer? If I were a penguin, I would dive in the deep, deep water and swim up and down smoothly like a penguin would do. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.
Before long, I was dogstagramming with dog selfies and everything, which got me searching for dog poems. Oh, yeah! From Emily Dickinson to Pablo Neruda, this selection of poets demonstrate the range of ways we relate to dogs in these short dog poems.
modern day pride and prejudice book
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If I were in charge of the world There'd be brighter nights lights, Healthier hamsters, and Basketball baskets forty eight inches lower. If I were in charge of the world You wouldn't have lonely. You wouldn't have clean. You wouldn't have bedtimes. Or "Don't punch your sister. If I were in charge of the world A chocolate sundae with whipped cream and nuts would be a vegetable All movies would be G, And a person who sometimes forgot to brush, And sometimes forgot to flush, Would still be allowed to be In charge of the world.
For she does not lie awake in the dark and weep for her sins, and whine about her condition, and discuss her duty to God. Teeth into floating wood Then bound back to their owners Shining wet, with passionate speed. Well, here we are, right now. You stare at me and wag your tail. But now, my bark a ghost in this strange scentless air I am no growling cicerone or cerberus, But wreckage for the pound, snuffling in shame. Dogs cannot write.