A WRITING PROMPT FROM LAUREN SHAPIRO, author of easy math

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This week's prompt comes from Lauren Shapiro, author of Easy Math.

IDENTITES 

I also love exercises that get students out of their own heads a little. I am not the narrator in most of my poems, and this is an important lesson for beginning writers. I like giving students identities (woman who just lost her son to cancer, man who just stepped onto his first airplane) and asking them to describe a particular object or scene from that perspective. 

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