Locomotion tells the story of orphaned Lonnie in poetic form.  After Lonnie’s parents were killed in a fire, he was separated from his sister and put in foster care.  Lonnie struggles with feelings of loneliness and sadness as he reflects on the past and faces the future.  He writes them in a poetry notebook as part of a school assignment, experimenting with different forms and finding an outlet for his pain.

Locomotion is for students in grades 4-6.  I like Locomotion because it exposes students to so many forms of poetry, as well as showing them how poetry can tell a story and express a number of feelings.  Students could read the poems in small group and even try to write some of their own.

Woodson, J.  (2010).  Locomotion.  New York: Speak.


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