A Bear of a Poem: Composing and Performing Found Poetry

Scholars work collaboratively to compose a found poem from one of their favorite stories. With a finished product in hand, class members form a circle and perform their work for an audience by taking turns reciting one line till the poem is complete. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • If class members do not feel comfortable performing in front of families and friends, keep performances for classroom eyes only
  • Once the lesson is done, encourage pupils to make their own found poem
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson's duration includes four 50-minute periods 
  • Example poems are made using stories from the Berenstain Bears collection 
Pros

  • Can be used with any favorite children's book
  • The lesson's webpage is divided into six sections with headers that makes locating specific information easy
Cons

  • Some links no longer work