Lesson Plan

The Pearl: Found Poem

It's hard to beat the beauty of John Steinbeck's prose, so borrow a little of it to form your own found poetry. After kids finish Chapter One of The Pearl, they select the most evocative and vivid words to create found poems.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Let kids choose any passage from the novel, or from a particular section, to vary their responses
  • Have learners work together to write their poems
  • Demonstrate different formats for writing the found poems in case some learners need extra help
Classroom Considerations
  • More advanced writers will eagerly complete the poems, but kids who don't like to write will need some additional structure and expectations for the assignment
  • A fun and creative way for kids to connect to the text
  • Versatile for any novel or piece of writing
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