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• On a clean sheet of paper, write the
  word, “hand” in the middle and circle it.
  Then begin clustering images and
  ideas related to hands. Cluster both
  positive and negative connotations of
  hands. For example, hands can
  “murder” or “create.” Think
  specifically about your hands and how
  you use them.
 Think of common expressions
     which refer to hands:
• For example,
  – “Hands down”
  – “Give that man a hand”
  – “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”
• Look at your hand and brainstorm 10 words that
  describe it—think of color, texture, size, shape,
  scars, etc. Then write about your hand in one of
  the following ways:
  – Descriptive: Write a detailed description of your
    hand—what it looks like or what it can do
  – Narrative: Tell a story about something that
    happened to your hand
  – Expository: Explain several meanings of “hand” or
    how we use the word in a variety of ways.
            Draw your hand
• Begin by choosing a color of paper that reflects
  the mood of your writing piece. For example, if
  you described your talent as pianist whose
  hands fly over the keys, you might choose an
  exuberant color such as yellow. If you told a
  story about breaking your hand—the pain—the
  end of your basketball season, etc., you might
  choose a “sad” or regretful color such as blue.
• Then, trace your hand on the colored paper you
  have chosen. Carefully copy words and phrases
  from Mark Strand’s poem around the fingers of
  your hand-tracing.
• Based on the free-writing you completed write a
  poem, lifting lines that illustrate your feelings
  with strong images. Arrange these lines in a
  poetic form that conveys meaning. Remember,
  poetry is putting feelings into picture language.
• Write your poem (in ink) inside of the hand you
  traced. (It’s also ok to write the poem next to or
  beneath your hand-tracing)
• Include this artistic masterpiece in your Kite
  Runner scrapbook.

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