Delve into poetry in a fun and engaging way! This mini unit takes students through the tricky language of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky poem. Included is a step-by-step lesson plan, student handouts, and a template for making visual dictionaries.
The focus is on the use of portmanteau and nonsensical language. While studying the poem, students predict the meanings of each unfamiliar word and then use a number of strategies to find definitions.
The unit culminates in the creation of a visual dictionary of Carroll’s colourful creatures. This assignment takes a cross-curricular approach and draws on art and science concepts: habitats, characteristics of living things, and animal classification. Students create visual and written representations of their own interpretations of each imaginary plant and animal from the poem.
I did this with a grade six class, but it could easily be done in lower or higher grades. I have not included a rubric for the final assignment, as my class co-constructed a criteria. I encourage you to do the same!
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