A grasshopper landed on the sidewalk while Jenny was jumping rope.
She was on jump number twenty-seven when she saw it.
Even though the grasshopper was long and brown, it almost blended
with the color of the sidewalk because the sidewalk was gray and dirty.
Jenny let her rope slide on the pavement as she knelt to examine the
bug. Its wings were close to its body, it had long antennae, and it had
big round eyes. The grasshopper looked so fascinating, to Jenny, she
decided to pick it up.
Jenny was holding the grasshopper for only a few seconds when brown
tobacco juice came from its mouth. She put the bug back on the sidewalk
because she did not want the slobbery substance on her hand.
Jenny got a stick that was long enough for the insect to climb on without
touching her fingers. Gently, she pushed the twig against the insect's legs
so it would crawl up the stick. Then she hurried to the backyard, carefully
carrying the bug on the stick.
In the back yard, Jenny set the stick with the grasshopper on it, in a patch
of tall grass. Now the grasshopper would be safe from her jumping feet
and out of the way of her slashing rope.
Grasshopper Lesson 1 (Page 1)
Kids...Now that you've read the story, follow the steps below to write your Grasshopper Theme-Story Poem. Then you may enter your poem for a free poetry critique and find out how to earn a free Poetry Collection Cover Sheet at the bottom of this page.
Follow the steps below to complete the Grasshopper poetry-writing lesson.
Step 1 -Figure out the story's theme.
The theme is what the story is about. If you think the story is about Jenny's fascination with a grasshopper, you are correct! Therefore, Jenny's fascination with a grasshopper is the theme. The theme is what you want your poem to be about.
Step 2 - Rewrite the story as if it were a poem.
Now that you know what the story is about - what its theme is - think of how you can write about the story and make it sound like a poem. Your perception of the story, that is, what you think about it, should steer your ideas about what to write.
Example Writing Ideas --
If you do not like bugs, you might not see the point in Jenny taking time out to save a grasshopper. On the other hand, if you do like bugs, you might want to praise Jenny for saving the grasshopper.
Or, what if you want to talk about the bugs body parts? You could make your poem about legs, eyes, wings, and so forth.
You could also write about the grasshopper's colors blending, or camouflaging with the sidewalk.
You could also describe how abnormal the grasshopper looks, almost like something out of sci-fi space games and movies.
Let' say you think it was lucky that Jenny had good eyes and was able to see the grasshopper in order to avoid crushing it with her feet or slashing it with her rope. You could write about this aspect of the story as well.
The main thing to do while writing your poem is to concentrate on writing whatever you believe the story is about; and to remember that this is a creative process. Everyone who writes a poem for this lesson will have something different to say about the Grasshopper story. So, let your poem be about your thoughts, your ideas, and your feelings. :}
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