This is a bundle of 4 items that are also sold separately (you can see their listings by clicking on the title.) 5 lesson plans total.
Making poetry fun: 2 day intro to poetic terminology
This is a two day introduction to poetry that I used for classes of diverse students, many of whom were reluctant learners. I took the risk of telling students who hated poetry that they would change their minds by the end of the unit. Many of them did.
The lesson begins with a QTEL strategy that gives the teacher an idea of how students feel about poetry, and their prior knowledge. The following poetic devices are then discussed/taught in fun and creative ways: rhyme, alliteration, simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, and personification. The word “stanza” is also introduced and defined.
These lessons set the tone and give students the vocabulary they will need for the remainder of the poetry unit. As with all my lessons, I elicit questions and answers from students as much as possible rather than lecture. After terms are defined, students can help create a poetry word wall for the classroom.
Concrete poetry lesson: getting reluctant students to LOVE poetry
Concrete poems are poems shaped like what they are about. This lesson is for ESL (and non ESL) students of all levels, and includes ESL strategies such as modelling and use of visuals. This lesson was used for a formal observation with 2 administrators, and finished work was placed on my hallway bulletin board. The result: Administration loved the lesson, and teachers, students, and passersby were amazed by the finished products. I was amazed because I am a HORRIBLE artist, but these step-by-step directions made the art work easy. The lesson uses the workshop model, which begins with a Do Now, and includes a mini-lesson, paired work, independent work, and a wrap.
File includes the 2-page lesson, sample poem written by myself, and sample concrete poem rubric for grading.
Fun with Poetry: Using Eminem to review poetic devices and theme
It is important to relate to reluctant learners and find ways to teach them at their level, engaging their interests.
This lesson shows students the poetry in an Eminem song. The song chosen is one with a positive message and no inappropriate words. An added bonus (I hope) to using a popular song is that students will hear it outside of the classroom and be reminded of what they learned.
This lesson is best used after poetic devices have been taught (rhyme, alliteration, etc.).
Lyrics are included with the lesson, but the audio (if desired) will have to be obtained separately.
Making Poetry Fun: Teaching symbolism through song
This lesson teaches students about symbolism through both poetry and song. I provide lyrics for the two songs I used with the lesson, but audio, if desired, will have to be obtained separately.
Each lesson has a checkbox for the teacher to circle which standards they are using in the lesson. While they list ESL standards and were used in a classroom with ESL students, these lessons are appropriate for students of all abilities. They were designed for use in a diverse classroom with students who ranged from speaking no English, to being fluent native speakers.