101 Things I’m Thankful For Piece

17 Nov

Quick Write: Adding Specific Examples

On Friday, we wrote down a list of items we are thankful for. Now we will take these things and write specific aspects of those things that we are thankful for. For example, instead of saying “My mom,” say “Sunday morning pancakes my mom makes for the family.”

101 Things I’m Thankful For Piece

Write a poem listing 101 things you are thankful for.

  • Write about specific elements and details about the things you are thankful for.  This assignment is an exercise in paying attention to the small details.  Don’t  just say “I’m thankful for my puppy”  say “When my puppy catches the frisbee in mid air.”  This will allow you to say multiple aspects about a single thing you are thankful for.
  • Use Imagery, especially the advanced imagery techniques we discussed last week.
  • Organize it 4 stanzas, 25 lines each, and one one-line stanza at the end for something special that you want to stand out.
  • Don’t number your lines.  It will take away from the poem-ness of your piece.
  • Create variation in your lines.  Avoid repetitive structure “My mom for…, My brother for… ” etc.
  • Come up with a title besides “101 Things I’m Thankful For”
  • Single space this piece.

Example pieces: 101 Excuses to Get Up Early and 101 Little Things in Life That I Love

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