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Poetry Mini Lesson for Teens, "The Boys of Fall" Football Theme

Julie Faulkner
Grade Levels
7th - 10th, Homeschool
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  1. My poetry single mini lessons challenge students to close read, annotate, analyze, and respond personally and creatively to poetry. Each poem is introduced with a poet's mini bio. Then the directions for guided annotations allow students to unpack the poem with accuracy. For a more in-depth respon
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Who's ready for some football? This is an excellent mini poetry lesson that would allow you to engage students with a text on a topic they love - football! This classroom-tested product is written as a mini unit with essential questions, suggestions for use, questioning, 4 constructed response prompts, links to related products, handouts, and common core links.

What is a poetry single study? Poetry can be difficult, and many students are reluctant to even try it. However, with my poetry singles students are given the opportunity for success because the material is presented in a guided, step-by-step process that builds confidence from beginning to the end. It's a quick, yet powerful resource to add to your tools for teaching poetry toolbox.

Student Experience: Students will enjoy reading a song as poetry. They will annotate and then break down the text for theme and theme development. When finished with the poetry study, students will complete a creative football-themed "craftivity."

- Essential questions

- Detailed lesson plan

- Link to text

- Graphic organizers

- Activity templates

Skills Covered:

Close Reading

Textual Evidence

Making Inferences

Theme Development

Poetry Terms and Figurative Language

Writing Constructed Responses

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Terms of Use: Created by Julie Faulkner, 2013 - updated 2019

Please, one classroom use only. Additional licenses are sold at checkout. This license is nontransferable. Not eligible for online environments unless password protected. Posting openly online is prohibited. No part of this resource can be used for commercial purposes, altered, or resold. This work is my original work, and taking portions of it to create something else for resale is prohibited. Art, text, images documented inside file.

Total Pages
11 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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