Last week, Mrs. Beaman’s 3rd class wrote a worry poem inspired by a poem in Judith Viorst’s book If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries:

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But other poems in the book are also great mentor texts for writing, particularly the book’s title poem, “If I Were in Charge of the World,” which details some serious and humorous ways our world could be improved if the poem’s kid speaker were the boss.

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In 2nd and 4th grades last week, after we read the poem together, we wrote our own class poems using the same format, with every student getting a voice in the writing process. I suggested that our changes to the world should be positive, not mean-spirited, and that just like the original poem we should have a mix of serious and silly ideas.

So, if our 2nd and 4th graders were in charge of the world, here’s what it would be like (click any poem to view it larger):