Let's start with the poem:
I or thee? This punctuation signals quandary.
Can the future truly depend upon me?
Now and then, adverbs prove time and again.
The future is indeed hampered by when.
“This way or that way” our phrase of the day.
Leaves the future in the midst of a fray.
A smile upside down can be a noun,
and Future’s adverb when feeling down.
I or thee, when a single pronoun is key,
might the future need it to be we?
HINTS: Older students will catch the hints of examples of the parts of a sentence found within the poem's couplets.
Required knowledge and definitions
types of punctuation
definition of an adverb
definition of a phrase
definition of a noun
definition of a pronoun
definition of an adjective
definition of a verb
Critical Thinking Prompts
Me or you, think about who
Both are important in what you do
Now or then think about when
It really matters time and again
My way or your way
The words that you say
Can turn smiles into frowns
As they flip upside down
Me or you? Is that the choice?
It's time to listen to another voice.
It says: leave out all the lonely "I"s
For doing so is very, very wise!
And just as one plus one equals two
Try adding this: add "me" to "you".
The answer will forever be
Not me or you, but "W"-"E"
For early elementary schoolers, the poem best encourages critical thinking, reading comprehension and practice with rhymes.