This weekly lesson plan goes along with the common core curriculum map for 2nd grade: Journey to Freedom. It is the SIXTH week in my Journey to Freedom Unit.
In this weekly lesson plan, students will be listening and reading poems written by Langston Hughes. The students will begin the week learning about the life of Langston Hughes. They will read three poems that Langston Hughes wrote and participate in activities to extend their thinking. At the end of the week, they will write an informative paper about the life of Langston Hughes.
By the end of the week, they are able to:
describe the life of Langston Hughes.
identify the strong describing words in a poem.
create an acrostic poem about Freedom.
write an informative paragraph about Langston Hughes.
The weekly lesson was written around the following books:
Coming Home from the life of Langston Hughes by Floyd Cooper
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes by David Roessel & Arnold Rampersad (1 copy for each group)
Mother To Son
Words Like Freedom
His poems are not in Public Domain. I was not able to include them in the booklet. If you are not able to get copies of the book listed above, I provided links where you can find the poems online. The websites have been given permission to post the poems.
The Zipped File contains:
The lesson plan contains the following:
+Common Core Standards
+I can statements
+Detailed plans for the week (5 pages)
1 student response booklet template to copy for each student - the booklet is formatted to be printed front and back so that when you fold it all the pages line up. You don't have to print it as a book. You could copy it and cut the pages so that the students can paste them into their reading journals.
The Common Core Standards addressed are:
RL.2.1:Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
RL.2.4:Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
RL.2.6: Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
W.2.2:Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
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