Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer

Recommended Grades: 4-6

A book of poems about fairy tales, written in reverso.  Two poems, you read one up and one down. 

Lesson Idea:

Poetry/Point of view: Read aloud Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse and discuss how when you read one poem it tells you the point of view of one character, but when you read the second poem, it tells the point of view of the other character with only a few changes in capitalization or punctuation (ONLY).  In an author’s note, she explains how she played around with this technique to create reverso.  Have students use the same technique to describe two character’s points of view from a novel they read or even two points of view of historical figures during a period of time.

Extensions: Use this book/activity with George vs. George (for content connections) or Voices in the Park (for point of view connections)

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