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What will school be like for you and your family this year?

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With a new school year underway, we wonder what goals you have set for yourself if you are a student or a teacher.

NPR Poet-in-Residence Kwame Alexander asks you to reflect with intention and write about one of your goals in the form of a poem.

It should be 10 lines or less. The first six to eight lines should be all the things you will have to do this school year, and the last line or two should be the goal you want to achieve.

For inspiration, Kwame Alexander offers this excerpt from Maya Angelou’s poem, woman work.

I have children to look after
Clothes to mend
The floor to be washed
food to shop
Then fry chicken
The baby to dry
I have company to feed
The garden for weeding
I have shirts to iron
Toddlers to dress up
The cutting box
I have to clean this hut
So look at the sick

So what would you like to see accomplished this year? Set yourself a non-negotiable goal.

“Maybe you want to organize your classroom better, or maybe you want to expose your students to poetry,” says Alexander.

“Or you want to read a book or make someone smile every day,” morning edition host Rachel Martin suggests.

Share your poem using the form below. Then Kwame Alexander will take lines from some of your plays and create a community poem that will be read on air and posted online, where contributors will be credited.

This call will end on September 1 at 5 p.m. ET.

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This story was produced for radio by Jeevika Verma.


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