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An American Girl: Kit Kittredge  

Hobo Jungle Poetry
Kit Kittredge® - An American Girl®

By Cynthia Kirkeby
Jun 29, 2008, 10:49 PST

Max Thieriot lives in the Hobo Jungle in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl© 2008 From HBO Films/A Picturehouse release - Photographer: Cylla von Tiedemann
Lesson Plan for Kit Kittredge - An American Girl

Grade Level: 4-12

Subject: English, Composition, Language Arts

Film: Kit Kittredge: An American Girl®

MPAA Rating: G - Good for all Audiences

Keywords: Kit Kittredge®, An American Girl®, Hobo Jungle, essays, lesson plan for Kit Kittredge, literature, composition, project, teaching with movies, teaching with film, using movies in the classroom, lesson plans for literature, language arts lesson plans, lesson plans, Lesson Plan, Movies in the Classroom,

Author: Cynthia Kirkeby

Affiliation: ClassBrain, Inc.

Date: 29 June 2008

Duration: 1-2 Class Period

Background: In the first feature film based on the hugely popular American Girl®¨ book series, Oscar¨ nominee Abigail Breslin stars as Kit Kittredge†, a resourceful young girl whose bravery, compassion and determination help her solve a mystery that saves her family’s home during the Great Depression.

When a crime spree sweeps Cincinnati, all signs point to where two of Kit's friends live with a group of their impoverished companions. Kit® convinces her new friends to take her to see the area known as the Hobo Jungle, and writes an article that creates a sympathetic portrait of the camp’s residents. But when Kit’s mother and their boarders become the latest victims in a string of robberies, Kit’s loyalties are tested.

Hobo Jungle Poetry

Create a poem, or a series of poems, based around the Hobo Jungle.
  1. Write a set of haiku poems about the Hobo Jungle. A haiku is a short poem which is defined by it's structure of syllables. The poem must have three lines with five, seven, and five syllables respectively.

  2. Create a Hobo Poem by cutting out words from magazines and newspapers and pasting them onto a new page to create your poem.

  3. Create an initial poem. Write the letters HOBOJUNGLE vertically (one letter per line). Start each line of the poem with each of the initials.

  4. Create a Random Word Poem by printing out the Kit Random Word List, closing your eyes and choosing 7 - 10 words from the list. All of the words must appear in the poem.

Download the Kit Random Word List in PDF Format

Word List for the Kit Kittredge Random Word Poem



happy depression hungry
excited friend story walked article
magazine drink dinner pencil anxious
hobo car gasoline bread ice cream
stressed bicycle vegetables money barrel
evening walk tree stroll sidewalk
bench exhausted hat stranger rain
dinner editor morning clouds tricycle
assistance park fire newspaper payment
contest daughter water sun privilege
job snow child river son
dress cat broke afternoon dismal
roadway hometown running fountain accident
children national lost temperamental tools
wheel pen letter injury dog
stars father race moonlight empty
edited local angry doctor clothes
ink fresh gorgeous air table
share upset pocket suit best
worst school flowers lot tattered

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