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Section 1

  1. What is poetry?
    Write your own definition. Don’t worry about whether it is right or wrong, just give your own idea of what you think of when you think of poetry.
  2. Why does Jack say he doesn’t want to write poetry?
    pg. 1
  3. How many stanzas does The Red Wheelbarrow have?
    See Some of the poems used by Miss Stretchberry in the back of the book.
  4. Is the writer of The Red Wheelbarrow a man or a woman?
    See Some of the poems used by Miss Stretchberry in the back of the book.
  5. What does Jack say can make any words into a poem?
    pg. 3
  6. How many stanzas does Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening have?
    See Some of the poems used by Miss Stretchberry in the back of the book.
  7. What words does Robert Frost use to describe the woods?
    See Some of the poems used by Miss Stretchberry in the back of the book.
  8. How many stanzas does The Tiger have?
    See Some of the poems used by Miss Stretchberry in the back of the book.
  9. What is still, “beat-beat-beating,” in Jack’s ears?
    pg. 9
  10. Why do you think Jack now lets his poems be put on the board, but still without his name on it?
    Answers will vary.
  11. Why can’t Jack write a poem about his pet?
    pg. 12
  12. Why does Jack like the small poems?
    pg. 15
  13. What is in Jack’s head after reading the small poems?
    pg. 15
  14. How many stanzas does dog have?
    See Some of the poems used by Miss Stretchberry in the back of the book.
  15. List three things that the dog does in the poem?
    See Some of the poems used by Miss Stretchberry in the back of the book.

Section 2

  1. What does Jack think Robert Frost has too much of?
    pg. 21
  2. How many stanzas does The Pasture have?
    See Some of the poems used by Miss Stretchberry in the back of the book.
  3. What type of setting does Robert Frost describe in both The Pasture and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening?
    See Some of the poems used by Miss Stretchberry in the back of the book.
  4. What does Jack think the wheelbarrow poet and Mr. Robert Frost are making with words?
    pg. 22
  5. Where do Jack and his father drive to?
    pg. 25
  6. What does Jack imagine all the dogs are saying?
    pg. 26
  7. Why do you think Jack titles his poem YOU COME TOO?
    Answers will vary.
  8. List three noises that the city makes in Street Music.
    See Some of the poems used by Miss Stretchberry in the back of the book.
  9. Where is Jack’s street?
    pg. 31
  10. What type of “music” does Jack’s street have?
    pg. 32
  11. Which poem does Jack quote at the end of his street music poem on February 15th?
    pg. 34
  12. What made Jack’s brain feel like it was, “pop-pop, popping”?
    pg. 35
  13. What color paper does Jack want his shape poem typed up on?
    pg. 38
  14. What makes Jack feel a little embarrassed?
    pg. 39
  15. Jack wants to put his name on MY YELLOW DOG. Why didn’t he want to put his name before?
    Answers will vary.

Section 3

  1. In Love That Boy what does he “love that boy” like?
    See Some of the poems used by Miss Stretchberry in the back of the book.
  2. What poem does Jack think is the, “best, best, BEST poem ever”?
    pg. 42
  3. What does Jack do with the poem at home?
    pg. 42
  4. What is one of the reasons that he likes Love That Boy so much?
    pg. 44
  5. When Jack’s dog jumps up on him, what does he say it’s like?
    pg. 46-47
  6. Why doesn’t Jack want his secret poem to be typed up?
    pg. 49
  7. What does Miss Stretchberry type at the top of Jack’s secret poem?
    pg. 50
  8. Why does Jack feel Mr. Walter Dean Myers would rather hear from his teacher than him?
    pg. 53-54
  9. What does Jack ask Mr. Walter Dean Myers to do in his letter?
    pg. 57
  10. What kind of face does Jack think Mr. Walter Dean Myers might have?
    pg. 59
  11. How long does Miss Stretchberry say it might take for Jack to get a response to his letter?
    pg. 61

Section 4

  1. What does Jack say his brain feels like when he is trying not to think about something but that something keeps popping into his head?
    pg. 64
  2. Why does Jack want to learn how to use the computer?
    pg. 64
  3. What does Jack think is like a miracle little brain?
    pg. 67
  4. Why is Jack not sure he wants his poem, MY SKY, posted on the board?
    pg. 73
  5. What does Jack think is the, “best best BEST,” news ever?
    pg. 75
  6. What does Jack say the bulletin board looks like?
    pg. 77
  7. What does Jack say the bookcase looks like?
    pg. 77
  8. Why does Jack think that Mr. Walter Dean Myers likes his visit to the school?
    pg. 82
  9. How does Jack describe Mr. Walter Dean Myers’ voice?
    pg. 83
  10. How does Jack describe Mr. Walter Dean Myers’ laugh?
    pg. 83
  11. How does Jack sign his letter to Mr. Walter Dean Myers?
    pg. 85
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