Poetry Friday: Revolution for the Tested

December 2nd, 2011

We have a special treat on this Poetry Friday. Kate Messner’s poem Revolution for the Tested is inspirational and true and funny in all the right places. Read it. Share it with your students. And, most important of all: live it.

Revolution for the Tested
By Kate Messner


But don’t write what they tell you to.
Don’t write formulaic paragraphs
Counting sentences as you go
Put your pencil down.

Don’t write to fill in lines.
For a weary scorer earning minimum wage
Handing out points for main ideas
Supported by examples
From the carefully selected text.

Read the rest of the poem on Kate’s blog.

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