Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Dirt On My Shirt

Title: Dirt On My Shirt 
Author: Jeff Foxworthy
Illustrator: Steve Bjorkman
Publication Date: 2008
Genre/Format: Poetry/Picture Book
Summary: This book is a collection of funny poems about family, friends, and other kid related topics like staring contests, roly polies and pretending.
What I Think: I love Jeff Foxworthy’s humor so I love the poems in this book!  There are a few about family members that would be great to use to get students brainstorming about a poem to write about a family member.  My favorite is “Friends”!
Read Together: K - 5
Read Alone: 3 - 6
Read With: Other poetry collections - Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky
Snatch of Text: 
Friends come in all colors
And sizes and shapes
Friends share their jump ropes
And friends share their grapes
They like the same jokes
And they like the same shows
They lend you their ear
And they lend you their clothes
I don’t think I could bear it
Life is much better
With good friends to share it
Reading Strategies to Practice: Reading Fluency, Making Connections
Writing Strategies to Practice: Characterization, Rhyme, Alliteration, Anaphora, Poetry
Writing Prompts: Write a poem describing your more unique relative.  Write a poem about what you like to do with your best friend.  Write a poem about where you imagine your bed can take you.
Topics Covered: Family, Friendship, Adventure, Humor, Differences, Dreams
Translated to Spanish: No

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