Poetry and Paragraphs: a 16-Week Course of Integrated Literature, Research, and Paragraph Writing for Middle School and Early High School

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Homework Day 1

Think about your last family holiday. In the Homework section of your notebook, write concrete descriptions of a scene from the holiday. Try for 20 concrete images. In the other column, write abstract descriptions. I’ve given some examples.


Concrete Abstract

Uncle Dan’s nose hairs, dark and long scary

Smoke from dinner burning in oven fills room frightening

Christmas tree lights shining through smoke eerie

Baby screaming irritating

Puppy stealing turkey leg amusing

Cousin Betty’s red 1965 Mustang beautiful

Uncle Dean’s rubbery fried aligator meat disgusting

Your chihuhua’s constant begging embarrassing

Your new shiny red bicylce exciting

Your mother’s bouquet of roses beautiful

Your grandmother’s tight hug loving

Following the example above, create your own list of concrete and abstract descriptions. Place your list in the Homework section of your notebook. You might describe characters from a book or game, pets, members of your family, neighbors, a favorite place… choose a subject you like and have some fun. Poetry should excite the imagination!

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