Lesson Plan

How Can Poetry Make People Think and Care?

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Can beautiful words change the world? Literary scholars discover how to paint their visions of change using poetry in a series of three workshops. Each independent topic gives participants a chance to examine their feelings about personal and societal issues, then work through the writing process to create a masterpiece.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • For each workshop, project the featured poem and recite it, then have the class discuss using the guiding questions
  • Feature student work in the library or other prominent location
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils should create a list of social issues that concern them before beginning the activity
  • Example poems are perfect for illustrating the focus of each workshop
  • The prewriting tools are helpful, particularly for learners less familiar with writing poetry
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