Close Reading of Poetry

Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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28 pages
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Using Mike Schmoker's ideas for authentic literacy as a base, I created gradual release lessons for three poems: "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes, "Words Free as Confetti" by Pat Mora and "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus. I created an explicit gradual release lesson plan for each poem, a template for student use, and a clean copy of the poem you could use to project for your students. At the end, I put a blank template for your own lesson planning and a blank sheet you could use with other poems. Enjoy!

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Total Pages
28 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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