Students - I am a dog lover! Our family has two dogs, Cali and Sage, and we love them and they love each other. Sometimes when I walk down the street and see a new dog, I just want to get to know it. But it's not so safe to pet strange dogs, so I always ask the owner and follow the steps in this poem when meeting a new dog. When our chidren were small, I taught them to ask the owner for permission before petting any dogs as well.
This is a poem that teaches HOW to do something. And writing a procedural poem is almost like writing a how-to book, only in a poem, the writer writes from line to line and the reader reads from line to line instead of from page to page. You may notice that today's poem rhymes, but it rhymes in a conversational way.
What do you know how to do? Funny things? Serious things? Crafts? Cooking? Games? Friendship tips? Building? Anything in the world...what could you teach? Might you write a poem about it?
Here is a dog I met last month in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Just looking at his picture makes me smile.
Happy week ahead! I wish you dogs!
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