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• Identifying and using synonyms and antonyms
• Identifying and using nouns, verbs, and adjectives
• Working through the 5 steps of the writing process
• Writing about a topic
• Including facts about the topic
• Providing a sense of closure
This file includes everything that you will need for this lesson:
• Standard Statements, pages 4 - 7
• Standard Statement Strips, pages 8 - 22
• "I Can" Statement Strips, pages 23 - 34
• Learning Objective Strips, pages 35 - 48
• Prerequisite skills, page 49
• Pre-assessment and answer key, pages 62 - 63
• Preparation and list of materials needed, page 50
• Script of procedures, pages 51 - 53
• Differentiation suggestions, page 53
• Rubric in 2 sizes, pages 54 - 61
• Prewriting (brainstorming) sheet (and example sheet), pages 64 - 65
• Graphic organizer page 66
• Rough draft templates, pages 67 and 69
• Final draft template, pages 68 and 70
• Bulletin board header, pages 71 - 74
• List of helpful websites, page 75
The rough draft and final draft templates are provided in two versions, one with writing guide lines for younger students, and one with lines for older students so that you can choose what is best for your purposes.
The lesson is divided up into five sections to be completed a little each day over the course of a week. Each day, the lesson should last about 30 to 40 minutes.
• W.1.2, W.1.5, W.1.6, L.1.1.a, L.1.1.b, L.1.1.e, L.1.1.f, L.1.2.d
• W.2.2, W.2.5, W.2.6, L.2.1.e, L.2.2.a, L.2.2.d, L.2.2.e
• W.3.2.a, W.3.2.b, W.3.2.d, W.3.4, W.3.5, W.3.6, L.3.1.a, L.3.2.a, L.3.2.e, L.3.2.f, L.3.2.g
The diamond-shape of a kite helps to emphasize the diamond-shape of the diamante poem. And the kite theme of this lesson makes it an ideal springtime activity. I like to have my students choose spring-related topics for their poems, however this lesson could be taught any time of year with any topic. Have your students paste their final copies of their poems on colorful construction paper kite forms and decorate them so they can be put up on a wall to make a colorful diamante poetry kite display.
The script is provided as an example of how I would present this lesson. However, you know best how to present this lesson to your students.
I hope you and your students enjoy this lesson and use it to create wonderful springtime diamante poems.