A Hopeful Poem for Difficult Times

Lauren Tarshis

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Hi teachers,

When I wrote "Our World Turned to Water", the nonfiction feature for the October issue of Scope, I never imagined that when it came out, millions of people would be facing the aftermath of terrible storms and wildfires. While this story is about events in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 2016, I hope you’ll find that the facts and themes will help your students grasp what many Americans have recently experienced, and will inspire your students to want to help in any way they can.

To go along with my story, we had asked poet Rebecca Kai Dotlich to write us an original poem. "What We Know" is about the spirit of coming together to overcome any difficult event; whether that be a flood, a hurricane, a wildfire, or a personal problem.

I hope that my article and Rebecca's poem will provoke a rich discussion in your class.



Download and print the poem below.

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