Students interview each other to get to know one another better. They discuss hobbies, achievements, sports, and music. Then they each write a poem about their partner.
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6th Grade: Express Yourself, Lesson 1: Poem
While originally created to accompany The Cay, this poetry activity could be used on it's own, especially if you are working on dialect. Class members conduct a close reading of "When Malindy Sings" by Paul Laurence Dunbar and listen to...
6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Gathering Evidence and Drafting a Two-Voice Poem (Chapter 13: "Los Duraznos/Peaches")
Begin class with a short comprehension quiz and review and then move into a new genre: two-voice poems. The lesson provides information about this type of poetry as well as a video example made by eighth graders that you can show your...
5th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Summer Fun Summer Learning Poetry Unit
Focus on poetry this summer to enhance those comprehension, fluency, and language skills with a set of resources intended to explore different types of poetry, specifically lyric poetry. The daily activities contain differentiation ideas...
1st - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
An Old Chinese Poem
This is a instructional activity of two parts. First, learners read a poem and work with partners to deliver an expressive two-voice reading of the poem. Next, they read an essay by Yah Phou Lee, a Chinese citizen sent to school in the...
4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
"Casey at the Bat" and narrative poems
Click on the blue audio link to hear a reading of the narrative poem, "Casey at the Bat." Then work through vocabulary that will help your class determine the all the parts of a narrative. A comprehension quiz, discussion questions, and...
5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Selecting Favorite Poems From Historical Poets
Here is a poetry lesson that begins with a free-association activity focused on the word voice. Learners each sit alone for a moment and make sounds that express how they are currently feeling, and then turn to their partners to share...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Springfield Podcasting Project: Sound Poetry
After a review of the meaning of a list of literary devices found in poetry, pupils create a podcast to showcase their own poem. This lesson provides a detailed outline of each step they will have to follow to create a podcast. It also...
6th - 8th English Language Arts
Oregon Trail Poems: Making Audio Recordings
Poetry is a great way to express a feeling or thought. Fourth graders choose an Oregon Trail Landmark as inspiration for a descriptive poem which they compose and record using an MP3 and the program Photostory. This lesson could be...
4th Social Studies & History