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Today, I thought I'd share another one of my favorite poetry activities (if you haven't read this blog post yet, make sure to check it out). This one is called "My Life in 30 Words," and it's an activity that I remember doing at some point in my life growing up (and loving it). The challenge for the kids is picking words with a purpose. Deep thought has to go in to deciding every word that is included because they can only include 30 words - no more, no less. 

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