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poetry lesson plan: the answer to the question, "what happened?"

Objective: Students will learn the universal importance of perspective and history and also have a greater understanding of defining their own histories.

--We start by talking about how many different professions and endeavors focus on the question, "what happened?"-- lawyers, journalists, clerks of court, etc.
--Then we talk about their own answers-- to the question-- do they write in journals?
--Show them a box containing dozens of my own journals-- sheer weight
--Then talk about the importance of honesty with yourself while writing in a journal-- don't fool a fool
--And move on to writing a poem expressing their version of "what happened" in something in their life
The kids are encouraged to read their poems out loud

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