In collaboration with Emma Hine, Mary Gannon and their colleagues at the Academy of American Poets, n2y has created a special, extended edition of our weekly News‑2‑You® newspaper. We would like to give a special thank you to the Academy of American Poets who helped us find the poem called Clouds. This poem uses the imagery of sheep on a hill to describe the movement of clouds.

Poetry Helps With Expression

There are some people who are cautious about poetry because they think it’s too complex or inaccessible. But exposure to poetry can help children and people of all ages and abilities express themselves and explore the world around them. Poems help people express feelings, like joy or sadness, or can help to describe something.

Four Reading Levels

The poem featured in our weekly newspaper has the same levels as all of the other newspapers including a Simplified, Regular and Higher version (all with symbols from SymbolStix PRIME®) as well as the Advanced version, with a single, real-life photo on each page. Like our usual weekly newspapers, the poetry spotlight has Review and Think Pages with questions that support discussion and participation.

Literal and Figurative Versions

In this special edition of News‑2‑You, the Simplified, Regular and Higher newspapers each have two versions of the poem: a literal version and a figurative version. The literal version symbolizes the words as they are. This version can help with word recognition and vocabulary. The figurative version symbolizes the words with their figurative meaning. In the poem, the sheep represent clouds, so the word sheep is symbol-supported with a symbol of a sheep-shaped cloud. This version can help with understanding symbolism. We encourage you to use both versions of the poem to help your students have a rich and deep poetry reading experience. The Advanced version has a page with additional ideas for teachers to expand the poetry experience.

Join us by making poetry accessible to your students by reading and discussing the literal version and figurative version of Clouds.

News-2-You Accessible Poetry

Download your copy of the literal and figurative versions of Clouds in all four reading levels.

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About the Author
Molly Boes is an award-winning writer who is passionate about bringing current events to the classroom. She is a senior content specialist for News‑2‑You and has worked at n2y for four years. Molly earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Xavier University. She received the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Award for Best College News Writing.