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Paper-bag puppets hold original poetry about pirates, pets, or any preferred topic. Young writers put the puppet's arms around their poetry!
Poetry is a special way to tell a story. Read poetry written by adults and children. In what ways do poems differ from books or short stories? Sometimes the words rhyme, sometimes they don't.
Choose a familiar topic that you love. You might choose friends, pets, pirates, space, or any topic that appeals to you. With Crayola® Colored Pencils, write several words and phrases that describe your topic, including your feelings about it. Use these words as your starting point to draft your poem.
Make a paper-bag puppet to act as a holder for your poem. Turn an unopened paper lunch bag so the bottom faces up at you. Using Crayola Washable Markers, Colored Pencils, and Construction Paper Crayons, draw the head of a figure related to your topic on the bag's bottom.
Cut out construction paper arms and legs with Crayola Scissors. Attach them to the bag's sides with Crayola School Glue. Save the puppet's body (the long part of the bag) for the poem.
Now that you have had some time to think about your work, reread and edit your poem. Copy your final work on paper that will fit on the puppet's body. If the poem is long, put it together like a book.
Glue your poem to the front of the bag. Create a cover page with your poem title and name. Glue on the cover. If you want, you can fold your puppet's arms around so it looks like the puppet is holding the poetry. Add glue to hold the arms in place.
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