Students in 8th grade English finished narrative journey poems about the experiences of refugees in the book Refugee by Alan Gratz. The story includes the experiences of a Syrian, Jewish, and Cuban refugee, whose stories collide at different moments in history. The free verse poems included onomatopoeia, similes, metaphors, and symbolism, and focused on using specific adjectives, vivid verbs, correct citation of quotes, and intense emotions. The next writing assignment will be a Shakespearean sonnet in October.

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