Twinkle twinkle little star

For this lesson, we are going to see how well you understand genres. Select one of the books from the list below and read it. Your task is to determine the genre (or genres) the work is written in, explain what genre it is and why, and then re-write the work into a poem.

Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Now write your poem. Your poem needs to meet the following criteria:

It needs to rhyme, or include some rhyming scheme. (see notes below!)
It should be at least 40 lines long. You may write a longer poem if you wish.
It should cover the main plot and significant characters from the book.
A few notes on RHYME SCHEME:

A rhyme scheme is a pattern of rhyme in a poem. Most people become familiar with this when they sing songs as children. Here’s an example you might know:

Twinkle twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are

Up above the world so high

Like a diamond in the sky

The words highlighted in colors have the same ending sound, so they rhyme. A rhyme scheme is built when words at the ends of lines form a pattern. The rhyme scheme of the song above is AABB (1st and 2nd lines rhyme; 3rd and 4th lines rhyme).

There is an infinite number of patterns your rhyme scheme can have, but most of your poems will probably have the rhyme scheme above (AABB) or ABCB (2nd and 4th lines rhyme).

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