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Finish off a unit on Medieval China with a creative scroll project. Learners must incorporate everything they have learned about the Tang or Song dynasty into a literati scroll. The requirements are clearly laid out as to what must be included, but the fun comes in how they choose to showcase it. They can paint, use calligraphy, or write poetry in a way that shows what they know. Multiple handouts are included.
Embark on a journey of writing several different types of poetry. Fifth graders read several examples, and use the examples to model their own writing. Each poem is to be accompanied by a different art visual representation. In the end, each young poet produces his or her own poetry books for evaluation.
A good poem has form and structure built into it. Middle schoolers see that the structure of a poem consists of stanza, form, rhyme, and meter. The structure also contributes to a poem's meaning. After listening to, and discussing, a few poems, learners try their hand at writing a poem that follows a particular structure and theme that is given to them by the teacher. Pupils get together and share their poems to further reinforce these important elements of poetry.
Aspiring writers complete and discuss fill-in-the-blank cliché expressions, define cliché as a form of predictable writing, take cliché expressions and turn them into new, unpredictable ones, read poetry that illustrates writer's use of simile or comparison, brainstorm examples of phrases that illustrate poetic tension, and complete an independent poetry writing assignment.
Students develop empathy through writing. In this writing skills lesson, students read the listed poems and then respond to analysis questions about them. Students write poetry responses of the characters in the poems they read. The poetry should incorporate figurative language and voice.
Students, after reviewing the writing process and assessing how to use a digital camera to take creative photos, create a Digital Poetry Book. They incorporate the use of Microsoft Photo Draw and Publisher for the creation of their poetry books. In addition, they view a variety of student-created poetry and manipulated photography to enhance their poetry book creations.
Use Mattie Stepanek’s Heartsongs book of poetry to inspire young poets to write about their own lives, experiences, and feelings. After reading the introduction to Mattie’s book, in which he talks about himself and his reasons for writing poetry, class members make predictions about the topics they might find in Heartsongs. Then learners examine the master poem and compose their own poems about family, feelings, and struggles.
Complete with a SMART board presentation and all necessary materials, this lesson plan guides seventh graders through the process of writing poems and utilizing line breaks. After reading through the presentation and different examples, they write a twenty-six word poem (with each word starting with a different letter of the alphabet) and a Haiku. The lesson plan includes a rubric and resource websites.
Fourth graders read and analyze poetry and examine the process of writing poetry. They read and analyze the poem "From a Railway Carriage" by Robert Louis Stevenson, and answer comprehension questions. They identify the similes, metaphors, and homonyms in the poem and write a class poem about the magic of travel.
Fourth graders practice writing poetry while examining all types of art. In this art analysis lesson, 4th graders participate in a field trip to a sculpture garden in which they view sculptures and create different forms of poetry about their beauty. Students create a PowerPoint slide using images of the sculptures along with their poetry.
Students use their knowledge of philanthropy and poetic conventions to write original poetry about philanthropic giving. In this philanthropy lesson plan, students write poetry based on philanthropy using poetic conventions. Students illustrate a poem with original art work or computer generated graphics.