Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems About Love

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Beloved children's book author and speaker Pat Mora has written an original collection of poems, each with a different teen narrator sharing unique thoughts, moments, sadness, or heart’s desire: the girl who loves swimming, plunging into the water that creates her own world; the guy who leaves flowers on the windshield of the girl he likes. Each of the teens in these 50 original poems, written using a variety of poetic forms, will be recognizable to the reader as the universal emotions, ideas, impressions, and beliefs float across the pages in these gracefully told verses. Also included are the author’s footnotes on the various types of poetic forms used throughout to help demystify poetry and showcase its accessibility, which makes this a perfect classroom tool for teachers as well as an inspiration to readers who may wish to try their own hand at writing. From the Hardcover edition.
Curriculet Details
17 Questions
23 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for middle school students contains interactive videos exploring personification and tone and mood, as well as annotations describing key lines in poems, inferences drawn, and textual connections to other poems. Students will explore the themes of fitting in and love. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1 - Weird

Watch the short video on personification. The highlighted text in the poem "Weird" is an example of this type of figurative language. Why do you think the author, Mora, used personification in this poem? What effect does it have on the reader? (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 2 - I Can Dance

Be prepared to answer a question about the effect that this line and the smaller font have on readers in the first quiz. 
Read the first two stanzas below of Wallace Stevens's tercet, "The Snowman." Be prepared to compare and contrast this tercet with Mora's tercet on the next page.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 3 - Revenge × 3

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After reading an excerpt from Stevens's tercet in the previous annotation and Mora's tercet "Revenge x 3." choose the statement that best summarizes the difference between the two tercets. 

Chapter 5 - Mirrors

Watch the short video on character traits below. Which details from the highlighted poem, "Mirrors," would support that the speaker feels insecure or not confident about her appearance? (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 7 - Mariachi Fantasy

Below is a picture of a traditional Mariachi band, these musicians would play traditional folk music from Mexico. Notice that in poems, the title often is the main idea of the poem. How might the word "Fantasy" in the title affect the poem's overall meaning? (This annotation contains an image)
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Which type of figurative language is used in the highlighted text? 

Chapter 10 - Valentine to Papi

Watch the short video below on tone and mood. In the highlighted text, the speaker's words, "Remember, Papi, ten years ago?" coupled with the positive images work together to convey a nostalgic and loving tone.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 11 - First Time

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Summarize what happens during the beginning, middle, and end of "First Time." 

Chapter 13 - The Mission

Watch the short video on similes and metaphors below. In the highlighted text, we recognize the use of a metaphor when the speaker calls himself Picasso (the famous artist).  (This annotation contains a video)
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Which word best describes the overall tone of "The Mission"? 

Chapter 15 - Conversation / Conversacion

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Which character traits best describe the girl based on her actions in the highlighted text? 

Chapter 16 - Kissing

Watch the video on hyperbole below. In the highlighted text, we see hyperbole used when the speaker, a teenage girl, and her dad lock eyes "for days."  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz One 

Chapter 17 - Pressure

Watch the short video on textual evidence and inferences below. In the highlighted piece of textual evidence, we can infer that the speaker feels a sense of shy amazement at the boy's words because she compares her emotions to butterflies.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 18 - On the Edge

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What is the message or central idea in "On the Edge"? Use at least one piece of textual evidence to support this inference.  

Chapter 19 - On Guard

Below is a picture of a tortoise. Why is this image an appropriate symbol to represent the speaker of "On Guard"? (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 20 - The Silence

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What is the purpose of the highlighted description? 

Chapter 22 - Spanish

Notice how the speaker relies on personification in the highlighted text to convey his/her distress over losing his/her voice. What can you do to help someone, like this speaker, to feel more comfortable in your school or community? 

Chapter 23 - Broken Home?

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Based on the highlighted text, what can readers infer about this family's situation? 

Chapter 24 - Dear___,

Watch the video on literal versus figurative language. In the highlighted text, we see an example of figurative language or personfication. Notice that by using the word "crashing" to describe the "ache," readers picture this emotion as an ocean wave or an object knocking around until its free.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 25 - Dumped

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Which words in the highlighted quatrain rhyme? 

Chapter 26 - Questions

Watch the short video on emerging themes. In the highlighted text, we see the themes of identity, dependence, and freedom developing. What other pieces of textual evidence in this poem could be used to support these themes or central ideas? Can you identify any other poems in this book that have similar themes? (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 27 - Old Love

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Write down one of the similes used in "Old Love" and explain its significance.  

Chapter 28 - Our Private Rhyme

Notice the repetition of "I feel I'm only half our rhyme" and "I wish we could go back in time." What effect does this create in you as a reader? How does the author's last line, "I'll strive to be our private rhyme" serve as a resolution in this poem? 
Read and listen to "Sonnet 130" by William Shakespeare below. Gather evidence as to why this sonnet is unconventional. After reading Mora's sonnet on the next page, be prepared to give reasons why both sonnets go against the grain. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 29 - The squeeze

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Mora points out that sonnets are often elegant; traditionally, they are often about love and use flowery language. Explain how both William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 130" and Pat Mora's sonnet, "The Squeeze" are both considered unconventional. Be sure to give at least one example from each sonnet to support your answer.  

Chapter 32 - Far Away

Watch the short video on point of view and cultural perspective. As you begin reading, pay attention to the pronouns that help you to identify the point of view from which "Far Away" is written.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz Two 

Chapter 33 - Songs

Read the information contained in the video below on similes, metaphors, and extended metaphors. Pay special attention to the last one! You will see examples of this in "Songs." (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 35 - Sisters

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Which is not a reason given in the poem for why "It's nice having a sister"? 

Chapter 36 - My Cross-eyed Cat

The picture of the cat below is different than the subject of this poem because it is not cross-eyed. It is important to note that the speaker of the poem obviously loves his or her cat regardless of its looks or age. Is there anything or anyone in your life that you view as beautiful, but by the world’s standards would not be considered physically beautiful? (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 38 - Love Haiku

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Which stanza represents spring? 

Chapter 39 - Four-Letter Word

In the picture below, the word "LOVE" is spelled out just like in the acrostic poem. How does the speaker's feelings about love change over the course of the poem? (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 41 - 3 a.m. Blues

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Choose two pieces of textual evidence from this poem that would support its sad, lonely tone.  

Chapter 42 - Secrets

How does the picture below fit the image presented in the highlighted text? What is the speaker's message about secrets? (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 43 - Opposites

Below is a picture of a woman or muse playing a lyre depicted on an ancient Greek vase. This picture will help you to visualize the highlighted text.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 44 - You're Beautiful

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What is the purpose of referring to different colors throughout the poem. Be sure to use at least one piece of textual evidence from the poem to support your explanation.  

Chapter 46 - Mysterious

The highlighted word "ticks" is an example of onomatopoeia. Watch the video below on this type of figurative language to develop a better understanding of this sound effect. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 47 - Ode to Teachers

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In the highlighted text, the speaker raises his or her hand to show what? 
What do you carry inside of you? Make a list.  

Chapter 49 - My Song

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Which word best characterizes the tone of the highlighted stanza? 
Quiz Three