Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

Told in a series of 60 narrative poems, Lonnie Collins Motion (Lo Co Motion) explores the events of his young life. After losing his parents at age seven, he and his sister are bounced around to various church members' homes. Eventually, they are taken into foster care, but by separate families. Lonnie is fortunate to have a teacher, Ms. Marcus, who is teaching him various forms of poetry. Lonnie, a gifted writer, uses Ms. Marcus' teaching to deal with his emotions.

Addresses the themes of loss, perseverance, family and coming of age. This would be a great anchor text for poetic forms: haiku, sonnet, epistle, list poem, category poem.

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