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Back-to-School Motivational "Apathy" Poem

Arik Durfee
Grade Levels
6th - 12th
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This original motivational poem has one meaning when you read it forwards and another when you read it in reverse! It's great for any junior-high or high-school class.

Here's an excerpt:

Apathy has no cure
Because I refuse to believe that
My future will be amazing

My future will be amazing
Because I refuse to believe that
Apathy has no cure

I use this on the first day of school to actively teach students what apathy is so we can work to avoid it in the classroom. But it would also be a great activity later in the year to help kids get over the "Spring Slump" that they always seem to struggle with. Students will be surprised and interested when the poem starts going backwards and suddenly has a completely different message.

In the package I've included the poem in several different formats, including a WMV video file version complete with voice-over and background sound (this is the one I use to present the idea to my students) I've also thrown in a poster that says, "This classroom is a No Apathy Zone!" that could be used to keep this concept in students' minds throughout the year.

And if you enjoy the poetic format of this "Apathy" poem, try my REVERSAL POEM mini-unit that will help students write upside-down poetry of their own. It's a fun activity with exciting results, and it helps you teach subjects, predicates, clauses, and conjunctions in the process!

Enjoy, and don't forget to write a review!

Created by Arik Durfee
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Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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