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Teach This Poem: “Home” by Bruce Weigl

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A poetry activity takes a close look at home. Scholars discuss with partners what they are most grateful for at their homes. A timelapse video showcases potato tubers growing. While watching, pupils write down what they notice. Learners then write what they notice about the poem "Home" by Bruce Weigl. A whole-class discussion analyzes their findings and feelings. An optional writing assignment challenges class members to elaborate on their home experiences in poem form.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Display finished products at Open House for families to read
  • Not everyone's home experience is pleasant; invite pupils to share about a place for which they are grateful
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires internet access, projection, and audio
  • If assigning the writing portion of the lesson, participants need to know how to write the type of poem
  • A second viewing of the video boosts comprehension
  • Touches on gratitude 
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