The Do Kind
by Janet Wong
When my ball flies over the wall,
you run and get it back.
When my books fall down the stairs,
you help me pick them up.
Some friends are see friends,
me me me friends.
You are the do kind,
the me and you kind.
1. Before sharing this poem (in a soft voice), point out to students that many poems are humorous, but some are serious—like this one.
2. Read the poem aloud again and this time invite students to chime in on the words me me me in Line 6 and me and you in Line 8. Cue students by pointing to your ear.
3. For discussion: What makes a friend special to you?
4. Poems usually rhyme at the end of lines, but sometimes they rhyme in the middle too—called internal rhyme. Challenge the students to find the internal rhyming words in the lines of this poem (see/me; do/you).
5. Link this poem with another poem about friendship by Janet Wong, “Forgive and Forget” (2nd Grade, Week 22), and with selections from The Friendly Four by Eloise Greenfield.
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