Kwame Alexander Mentor Text for High School Creative Writing

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Engage reluctant readers and writers with the powerful and rhythmic poetry of Kwame Alexander! I love using Alexander's works to show even my sportiest students that poetry is fun, awesome, and easy.

This lesson includes a PowerPoint introduction that guides your students through important terms (rhyme, slant rhyme, internal rhyme, allusion, simile, metaphor, and parallel structure), background information on Kwame Alexander, the text of his poem "Josh Bell," questions for discussion, and directions for writing and then critiquing a poem of his own. Also included is a suggested lesson plan, as well as a copy of the text, an analysis worksheets, and worksheets to guide students through brainstorming, writing, and then critiquing their own poem.

This could also be a great lesson for introducing The Crossover or any other of Kwame Alexander's books for class.

This lesson is in a similar style to my "I Am" Poem for High School FREEBIE. Check it out!

This is part of my creative writing series. If you need more poetry please check out my:

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Total Pages
8 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.


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