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Students analyze the Gwendolyn Brooks use of enjambment in her poem "We Real Cool." In this poetry analysis lesson, students define common poetic devices and the examples of enjambment in the poem. Students discuss the poem and write an analysis of the impact of line breaks in the poem examples.
High schoolers analyze the use of enjambment in Gwendolyn Brooks' poem "We Real Cool". They listen to the poem, discuss a set of questions, read a brief biography of Gwendolyn Brooks and write a two-page analysis on the impact of line breaks in a poem.
Students examine the contributions of the author Gwendolyn Brooks. They create a journal, read and discuss poems by Brooks, write a poem about themselves, and create a timeline of their own lives.
Learners investigate Gwendolyn Brooks in honor of Women's History Month. In this world history lesson, students write poems representing the syle of Gwendolyn Brooks.
Learners define and explain in context common poetic devices, such as the use of line breaks and enjambment. They discuss and analyze poetry via active class discussion and small group work.
A six-week unit takes high schoolers through various works of African-American literature, including poems, plays, and short stories. The lesson plan format includes a week-by-week description of activities, goals, materials, and assessments. Use this format during Black History Month or in a multicultural literature unit.
Students write a poem. In this writing lesson, students learn about Gwendolyn Brooks, a famous poet. Students discuss shape poetry and how it is written. Students choose an object from nature and write their own shape poem.
In this everyday editing worksheet, students correct grammatical mistakes in a short paragraph about Gwendolyn Brooks. The errors range from punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and grammar.
Try out a packet of poetry materials to kick-start a poetry unit. Made up of poetry written by black poets, this resource provides three themed sections (family and friends, sports, and dreams) that can be used however you see fit. Each section includes a main poem, background information about the topic and poem, discussion questions, activities, and additional poems that relate to the theme of the section.
The cat might have got your tongue, but you can’t avoid the elephant in the room while you wait for the other shoe to drop. After all, the early bird gets the worm and the chickens are circling. After researching Poet Laureate Kay Ryan and her poems, ask your young poets to emulate Ryan by rehabilitating clichés and creating playful gems. Everything you need to explore the life and work of this poet, who often views life from the outside, is included in the resource packet.
Students examine the use of tone in poetry. In this literature lesson, students read "We Real Cool," by Gwendolyn Brooks and use the provided graphic organizer to chart the poem's tone and mood.
The crossroads-and the decisions made and entities met there-are a common theme in literature, pushing readers to examine the choices and encounters that shape life experience. The theme has also been explored in blues music, most famously by Robert Johns
Get even your most reluctant pupils reading, writing, reciting, and maybe even enjoying poetry! A four day lesson, young writers learn about Golden Shovel poems: a poem format that uses borrowed words from other poems as the last words in each line of a new poem. In addition to providing many poems for your class to read and discuss, this resource also contains detailed procedures for writing, revising, and presenting student poetry. Be sure to make time for the optional Poetry Cafe; it is a real crowd pleaser! 
Fifth graders discover how figurative language is used in poetry. They read selected poems and identify the figurative language with handouts and worksheets included in the lesson. They write poems of their own using figurative language.
Students experience the various personal meanings ordinary people find in poetry by viewing favorite poem videos. They connect these poems with their own losses and life, and determine that poetry can capture life and say something a poem cannot.
Tenth graders study the poetry of the US Civil Rights movement and the Black Arts movement over a 12 day period. They author a website showing works of poetry that students have chosen to analyze and relate to these movements.
Tenth graders develop a website documenting poetry integral during the civil rights movement in the United States. Working in pairs, 10th graders research the people and poetry of that was prevalent during the civil rights movement. They analyze the poetry for content and theme. Taking their research, student pairs create a website featuring their information and analysis.
In this writing worksheet, students learn about a poem by Gwendolyn Brooks titled "Skipper" which is about her goldfish. Students draw the water, life and objects in a fish bowl shape, then describe what people would see if they looked in the fish bowl. The poem is not included on this page.
Students grow flowers from seeds. They plant quick-growing seeds in a flower pot and consider what a seed needs to grow. They observe and record the growth of the planted seeds in science journals.
Students discuss African American troops throughout the country during the Civil War. They, in groups, write a skit for a situation given to them by the teacher.

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