This interactive Grade 7 English Language Arts Lesson integrates language arts and technology by asking students to create a multimedia presentation of a poem they create using Microsoft Photo Story 3 (user-friendly free software that allows user to combine photos, text, voice and music in a multimedia presentation that plays in Windows Media Player).
Following a read-aloud of Estelle Condra's See The Ocean, students create their own poems using a form I call sensory perception poetry (describing a subject drawing upon descriptors from all five senses - smell, hearing, taste, sight, touch). Students then use the computer to create Photo Stories of their poems.
The lesson plan includes outcomes and objectives covered and describes, step-by-step, in great detail, all components of the lesson. I have included a Performance Task Checklist and a Story Map.
The lesson plan includes two sample poems, a sample Photo Story of a poem (to show an end product of what is expected from students), a sensory perception poem template (2 versions) and a sensory perception poem thought web.
This lesson is designed for grade 7, but can be taught at various grade levels, with slight modifications to fit other grades' outcomes.
This work by Sarah Stewart is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License