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Out of the Dust Writing Prompt
After students read a particular poem written by the main character in Out of the Dust, have them write one of their own.
A Thanksgiving List
After students read Billie Jo's poem “Thanksgiving List,” ask them to write one of their own. Remind students that Billie Jo wrote in blank verse, but they might wish to choose another form for their own poem.