Poetry is possible for young students because it is all around them. They read poems and they sing poetic language. This unit of study provides the opportunity to experience the style and rhythm of language and how the poets see the world in different, inspiring, and unique ways. They will play with figurative language and attend to the precision of word choice to determine how a writer’s choices affect a reader’s interpretations.
The unit is divided into three bends:
1.Connect to the writer’s chosen topic to focus on the deep comprehension and the significance of the subject and theme.
2. Delve deeply into the unifying idea or message behind a poem - learning that form, structure, and language are precisely chosen to convey meaning.
3.Apply their understandings about poetry to ease into understanding the structures and patterns of other forms of poetry.
The primary goal of this unit of study is to help students become stronger readers. Reading skills, rather than an over-analysis of form and function, are the emphasis. Readers will note the poems’ form (lines & syllables), content (subject or theme), syntax (grammatical form) and history (derivation), but most importantly, the feelings and images evoked by the words to critically analyze short spans of text, ultimately growing theories about them. The culmination of the unit of study is a Poetry Café complete with treats and a poetry slam.
The resource is organized around TWELVE big ideas or sessions of poetry. Each big idea has the following:
• Session Synopsis
• Anchor Chart
• Word Cards
• Purposeful Task
• Response Prompt
All of the offerings for each big idea do not have to be completed. Choices are dependent on readers’ conceptual readiness. The intent is to provide instructional choices.
I have also included a bibliography and an overview of how I organize my reading block. Student samples have also been included.
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I hope it is a beneficial additional to your instructional plan.