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Submitted by SPLCgirl on
This is a wonderful idea for fostering reading and basic writing skills! I guarantee that 12-13 year olds would LOVE to have an SMS version of "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe appear in bits in their inbox!! They could have a blast rewriting their own version... "The Tell-Tale Coconut," for example... For more advanced students, a few lines of poetry could be texted, with instructions to rewrite them in a different style, or to compose a few lines on a similar theme. Example: "so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens" -- William Carlos Williams From Wikipedia: William Carlos Williams (September 17, 1883 – March 4, 1963) was an American poet closely associated with modernism and Imagism. He was also a pediatrician and general practitioner of medicine. Williams "worked harder at being a writer than he did at being a physician"; but during his long lifetime, Williams excelled at both. [1] Sample questions: What depends upon a wheelbarrow? What depends on rain? What depends on chickens? (for you techies out there, this Imagist poem makes a concrete image of a simple farm scene. ALL OF HUMAN CIVILIZATION rests on the work of the farmer...a point that can be drawn from students by a skillful teacher...)