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Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
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This story is very inspirational and sad, as it tells the story of 13 year old Lonnie, whose parents died in a fire. Lonnie has to live in a foster home in the city, apart from his sister, without his mother and father. As he struggles to overcome the painful memories and events in his life, he is encouraged by his teacher, Ms Marcus, to begin writing poetry because it's a way to express himself. Throughout Locomotion, we see Lonnie grow and use poetry as a way to heal and express himself. It's a deep and thoughtful piece of literature which is saturated with poetic texture and honesty. Woodson has a way with words, and brings readers into Lonnie's soul as she writes with the voice of a young boy.
Curriculum: This is a book that can be suitable for younger and older children. I think middle schoolers would especially enjoy this book, and it's a great way to explore all the possibilites within poetry: that is can be unrestrained and it needn't rhyme. Poetry is personal and intimiate, and it's an art form which attempts to fill the space where experience once was. Students can see how powerful poetry is, and the way it works to help release emotions.
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