Dialogue Poems - Writing with Mentor Texts - Poems for Two Voices

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  1. This poetry bundle includes a variety of reading, writing, and review activities for your next poetry unit. These lessons inspire students with various poetic forms, authors, and creative activities and can be used during National Poetry Month or any time during the year. Lessons include the followi
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Engage students and teach point of view by using poetry. The reading and writing of dialogue poems help students grasp character and theme complexities. With this writing lesson for dialogue poems, students use mentor texts as models for their own writing.

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In this lesson, students first read examples of dialogue poems (hyperlinks are provided to these poems, which are also called "poems for two voices") and then write their own dialogue poems. They start by brainstorming a list of characters that they could use in their poems, and then they journal about the perspectives of each of their chosen characters. They continue going through the writing process, and finally, draft their own dialogue poems. Students use the six traits (ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions) for the peer revision, and the rubric evaluates their use of these traits.

Additionally, this would be a creative, interdisciplinary lesson to help students better understand the varying perspectives of people throughout history (Native American/settler, owner/slave, king/serf, etc.) in a social studies class.

The 14-page resource includes:

  • explicit lesson plan with ELA Common Core Anchor Standards
  • Venn diagram
  • assignment handout
  • peer review handout
  • proofreading handout
  • poetry rubric
  • three student sample poems
  • teacher notes

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning.
Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.


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