Answer to an Unasked Question

Most poems are, on some level, the answer to a question that you might not have heard asked. In this poetry activity, have students pick a question from the list and model how they might answer it in a playfully inventive way that leads to an original poem.
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What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World
Taylor Mali
What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World by Taylor Mali, published by Penguin Putnam. Copyright © Taylor Mali, 2012. Author Taylor Mali's viral poem "What Teachers Make" got people talking about the importance of the teaching profession. What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World in an impassioned defense of teachers and why our society needs them now more than ever.

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