Pretty much every trip my family takes to the city finds us in a bookstore. Not a surprise, I know.
Recently, as I walked past the teen section, dragging my kids out of the children’s section, a book, of course, caught my eye.
I picked up Get Lit Rising, and flipped through it. And headed straight to the cash register.
Here’s why. In that first scan, I saw the structure of the book. A young writer shares their personal story. There’s a classic poem that they studied. There’s a poem that they wrote in response to that classic. Then, there are some prompts to encourage the reader to write, as well as a list of classic poems around the same themes as the classic featured.
I’ll admit, my overworked TeacherBrain shouted at me, “Jay! This book is a series of readymade lesson plans you don’t need to figure out! You must have it so we can take it easy for once!” I teach thematically, so having lists of poems related to various themes made it a worthwhile purchase as well. Continue reading