We've had quite a bit of "girl drama" this year, and rumor spreading was at the center of it. This poem fit in perfectly with that problem, and encouraged students to spread kind words instead of unkind words.
My students are starting to get the hang of annotating text, and they're doing a pretty good job, if I do say so myself. Like I've said before, close reading allows my struggling readers time to dig into the text and figure out what it is talking about, and it makes my advanced readers slow down and really think about what they read. I've seen every student's written responses and comprehension improve in just the few weeks we've been doing close reading.
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I love reading poems with my students, and they typically enjoy the challenge of figuring out what they mean, but I have trouble finding poems that are age appropriate. If you have a good resource for poems, please share!