What Makes a Poem … a Poem?

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What makes a poem a poem? The narrator of a short video wades into the debate with the contention that the three characteristics that poems share are musical qualities, condensed language, and intense feelings.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Flip the lesson; have class members view the video, complete the comprehension check, and research some of the links out of class before returning for discussion
  • Assign the free verse novels as independent reading
Classroom Considerations

  • Given the philosophic nature of the discussion, the video is most appropriate for older learners

  • The resource includes the video, a comprehension check, links to related articles, and a discussion question

  • None