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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Bonnie Lynn Tolson - Poet Extrordinaire


Poet Bonnie Lynn Tolson Skypes with 7th grade students from Hawaii!


Tips for Writing a Poem

Step 1 - GT - Gecko Trail - what is your theme? Don't get lost!

Step 2 - DD - Deconstruct and delete - Find the strongest sentence in your writing and start there.  

Step 3 - CC - Collapse concepts and construct - Words are important so use only the most important words.

Step 4 - JP - Jump positions - you may want to move things around.

Step 5 - EA - Emergency Additions.  Don't add words if you don't have to - only in emergencies!  You can use words from all of your paragraphs however because those are from your writing.

Step 6 - SH - Show hope but don't write it.  Find ways to explain the action of hope without saying the word.

**Poetry is not the place for cliches so you don't want to use them.  


Panhandling and What to Do?

If you are asked by someone on the street to give them money (panhandling) what are your best options?

SOUP Event 2016

We don't have a date yet but stayed tuned!



Finished Poems

When you have finished your poem you need to share your Google Doc with your ELA teacher, Mrs. Hassig and Dr. Tolson. Please remember to use their gmail accounts when sharing.


Word Bank for Your Poems

Empty Bowl Word List

Poor, meager, lowly



Support, sustenance, sustain, care, backing, equipped

Sadness, sorrow, grief, regret

Pride, strength, power, control, self-esteem

Lonely, loneliness, alone, invisible, unseen, obscure

Humble, humility, modest, meek

Spare change

Ignored, unloved, snubbed, overlooked, discounted

Love, affection, courage, brave

Dirty, unclean,

Helpless, abandoned, stranded, washed up, destitute

No money, penniless, broke, jobless

Miss-placed, Unplaced, lost, gone astray

Hungry, famished

Unhealthy, sick, hurt

Surrrender, yield, abandon

Recovery, restore, regain

*If you think of other good words just make a comment here and we'll add them!


Edmoto Sign in

To sign into Edmoto and communicate with your artist click on the link below.  Remember to search for your artist by group number and then First name Last initial.  Keep all posts appropriate and respectful.  If you need help, see your librarian or art teacher.

**Note also that you may leave a comment here if you are having trouble contacting your poet or artist.


Google Docs

True Light Family Resource Center

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