For Valentine's Day, have your students write an original friendship Valentine's Day poem fashioned after SANDRA CISNEROS' poem, "GOOD HOTDOGS." Students will apply CONTEXT CLUE SKILLS and FLUENCY SKILLS to understand the poem. Then they will use their CREATIVE WRITING SKILLS to write a special Valentine's Day poem. A handout is included that will help your students plan their friendship poem, and an example of an original poem is enclosed. A rubric to assess the students' poems is also included .
Due to copyright laws, I cannot include the poem, but you can find a copy here: http://server.stthomasday.org/gradeone/poetry/good_hotdogs.html .
Check out PATTEN'S PLACE for a unit designed to use with Sandra Cisneros' "Eleven" s well as many other ELA resources!