Downloadable Literature Guides

Amazing Faces
A Poetry Collection by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Poems that celebrate the rich diversity of American kids
"Amazing your face. Amazing.
It shows there will be trails to follow, porches to wave from, wonder from, play on."

You can purchase four units with 43-pages of activities for award-winning poetry books:
Two Story Poem Books About Times When Life Was Hard:
Where I Live

Amber Was Brave, Essie was Smart

Sijo Poems about funny, unexpected, amazing aspects of everyday things:
Tap Dancing on the Roof
Poems that celebrate the rich diversity of American kids:
Amazing Faces
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Amazing Faces
A Poetry Collection by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Did you know that your face sends out signals to what you are feeling, to what you are thinking, and what you are hiding from others?
When you are sleeping, your face shows your dreams that dance in your head.
When you try hard to learn, your face shows your pride and determination.
When you are lonely, your face can be a magnet that invites others to include you or a warning that sends others away.
When you are an athlete, your face reflects your dedication to the team.
When you are relaxed and content, your face shows your creativity and imagination.
When you are a firefighter, your face shows the stress of your job but your eyes twinkle with strength and courage.
When you are an American, you stand tall with pride and love for your country.

Amazing Faces explores the expressions of Americans through poems that you will enjoy reading. In them you will see people helping others, United States flags waving, soldiers return home, the Fourth of July, and other special times that bring Americans together.

The Kids' Wings literature guide for Amazing Faces invites group discussion, exploration of poetic devices including figurative language, skill building, and an invitation to write a poem about a different face. The poems that are included represent a cross section of people from various places, with various dreams and problems.

Research Links
Amazing Faces
by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Miss Rumphius Effect, An Interview with Lee Bennett Hopkins

The Poetry's Corner

Read! Write! Think! Poetry Reading Critique

Alphabetical Poetry

A special thanks to Margie Harrell for allowing us to us her beautiful patriotic music!

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(narrative poem)
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (narrative poem)
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Hummingbird Nest: A Journal of Poems by Kristine O’Connell George

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Home Run Robert Burleigh
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A 9-page unit for Amazing Faces, perfect for lesson planning, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for is now available!
Activities in Amazing Faces unit include:
Discussion Cards
Analysis Chart of Poetic Devices
A Poet's Eyes
Crossword Puzzle
Feeling the Poems
Literary Devices
Playing with Figures of Speech
Poet's Corner
Answer Pages

The Activity Guide Contains:

Based on AMAZING FACES Compiled by Lee Bennett Hopkins. Copyright © 2010 by Lee Bennett Hopkins. Permission arranged with LEE & LOW BOOKS, Inc., New York, NY 10016. All rights not specifically granted herein are reserved.

A 12-page unit for Tap Dancing on the Roof, perfect for lesson planning, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for is now available!

Discussion Cards
Hearing Voices: Analyzing the Poems
Checking Comprehension in Poetry, 2 pages
Understanding Sijo Poetry
Write a Sijo Poem, 7 pages

A 12-page unit for Where I Live is a part of a collection of 24 units in Gifts and Givers

The Kids' Wings Unit Contains:
Discussion Cards
Readers Theater
Memory Box
Anticipation Guide
Map Activities
Poetry Discussion: The Language of Emotion
Crossword Puzzle
Comprehension Check-up
More Purple Flopples
Comparing and Contrasting Books
How Old, A Logic Puzzle
Discussion and Writing Prompts


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