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"Thanksgiving" Poem

  1. Have your students read this Thanksgiving poem, entitled "Thanksgiving."
  2. Ask students to write down what the author is thankful for.
  3. Have them brainstorm a list of things for which they are thankful.
  4. Then they should write their own poem about Thanksgiving. You may want to have a list of criteria to guide them, such as:
    • three stanzas
    • second and fourth lines rhyme
  5. Have students publish their final copies of their poems using the computer or word processor. If clip art is available at your school, let them add a picture or two to their poem. Then have the class make frames to display the poems. See the related center in Art.

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