This poem, written in a voice of a child, addresses the fears a child faces when starting at a new school and/or being placed in a new classroom. The narrator presents a fearless attitude when she speaks of common childhood fears, but this bravado is only a mask she uses to try and hide her trues fears of being different and feeling alone. (McDougal Littell Language Network, 2002)
This lesson was created as part of the Anthology Alignment Project
, during which teachers created CCSS-aligned lessons for existing literary and information texts in anthologies. All page numbers and unit/week designations found in this lesson relate to the edition of the anthology named above. If you are using a trade book or different edition of this title, the page/unit/week references in this lesson will not match. Consult the content referenced in the body of the lesson to determine appropriate page numbers for your text.