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Multiple Intelligence Projects
C is for CityMy Man Blue
illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue
Dial Books for Young Readers, 1999
ISBN: 0-8037-2326-1
Verbal / Linguistic Write a poem about a person who is important in your own life. Describe how they look but also give the reader a clue as to how they act or what they say that makes them come to life! (Reread My Man Blue for inspiration.)
Logical /Mathematical Complete a chart about My Man Blue. Click here for the chart.
Visual /Spatial Make a map of your neighborhood including as many details as you can about the people who live there and the places you play. Use this as inspiration for writing projects all year! Color and a key are required.
Body / Kinesthetic Write the following scenes on slips of paper and then mime them, having students guess which poem it represents!

Meeting Blue
Playing hoops
Ball bounced in the street
Class bully
Asthma attack
Climbing the tree
Cooking for mom
Boxing
Musical /Rhythmic

In the poem “Class Bully,” you can see kids playing jump rope in the background. Make up a rhyme of your own about Blue and Damon’s friendship, (or one about your own neighborhood) in the tradition of the jump rope rhyme. (Small groups may work best at this.)

Interpersonal Write a letter to someone who has made a difference (like Blue did for Damon) in your own life. Be sure to thank them, and also include an especially important memory that you carry with you.
Intrapersonal Pretend that it is ten years after the book closes. Write a letter as either Damon or Blue and tell the other what is happening in your life now.
Teacher's Guide prepared by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer. Visit her website by clicking here.

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