A Reading Life
Many children dream of pets but are not able to have them because of allergies, living situations, or parent concerns and fears. But through books we can all have pets, befriend wild animals, and learn to understand animal languages. How lucky we are that these small lines and loops of language give us what we cannot have in our lives.
If you are a child who is serious about wanting a pet for yourself, this article at wikiHow may give you some good tips about persuading your parents that this is a good idea.
And teachers, if you're looking for an excellent book about teaching persuasive writing, a genre required by the new Common Core State Standards and life in general, I cannot recommend WRITING TO PERSUADE, by Karen Caine, highly enough. It's full of mini lessons, model texts, and all kinds of advice about the genre of power.
Last night I wrote a different poem, and then I realized that it was not an animal poem! Back-to-the-poem-board I went, and honestly I'm grateful it happened. If it hadn't, this poem would still be floating around for someone else to find...
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