I always start the year with poetry because there is something very freeing about this genre. Poetry also allows kids to play with writer's crafts, such as alliteration and similes, without the all the rules that come with other genres. This freedom helps them take ownership of these crafts so they can later utilize them in future work. It has been so incredible to watch these scholars growing as writers and becoming more and more passionate about their craft!
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