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Hate That Poetry
My students need the book, "Hate That Cat" to make poetry fun and relevant to them!
Of our approximately 1700 students at my Middle School, 48% of our students are Hispanic. 28% are African-American, and 28% are White. 72% of our students are economically disadvantaged.
I teach GT 7th grade English Language Arts, and this seems to be the age that students forget that they can love to read.
Even my GT and STEM students are no longer interested in reading, much less reading poetry. I just can not wait to have them read this book!
My 7th grade students make loud sighing noises if I even mention starting a poetry unit. They won't even give poetry a chance. I thought I would ask them why, and they said it's because we always study some dead guy's poetry that's too hard to read.
They dread reading poetry, and I dread teaching it.
Recently, I came across Sharon Creech's book, "Hate That Cat." It's a quick and easy read for 7th graders that tells a story about a boy named Jack. He's a kid their age wresting with school. The best part is that it's poetry! I was almost giddy when I finished it because I could think of a ton of things I could teach using this book. It uses graphical elements and different types of poetry that are all relevant to their lives.
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