As part of our poetry unit, my fifth graders and I read a great book called The Best Part of Me. It's a collection of student poetry combined with photography by Wendy Ewald. My students and I discussed different poems from this book and why they did or did not necessarily speak to us. We looked at elements like repetition and figurative language that the authors used. It wouldn't have been any fun if we hadn't tried our own! Here, used with permission by the authors, are some of our poems. What strategies do you think these authors have used successfully?
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