Lesson 5: Create Dances With Prosody For “Sparklers;” TRAIL Marker #1

After a brain dance to warm up gross motor skills, small groups create and present a dance that showcases the free-verse poem "Sparklers" by Mark Vinz. The lesson closes with a progress monitoring system designed to assess comprehension of the last four lessons. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Place tape on the floor to make moving and replacing furniture a quicker process 
  • Allow pupils to vote on which presentation technique they wish to complete
  • Collect notebooks at the end of the lesson to leave feedback
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson five wraps-up the first four lessons of the 16-lesson poetry unit
Pros

  • Offers three choices for dance presentation 
  • Provides suggested dialogue and teaching tips
  • Boosts self and peer reflection 
Cons

  • None