Poetry Think-Dots: A Fun Way to Think and Communicate About Poetry

Poetry Think-Dots: A Fun Way to Think and Communicate About Poetry
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Think dots are a system of questioning students that involves six numbered questions and dice. The student rolls a die, and then he answers the question that corresponds to the number he rolled. Think dots can be used in many different ways; here, I've used them to create a fun and funny way to think and talk about poetry.

Let's be honest--kids often balk at reading and talking about poetry because they don't always understand it. The silly questions on these think-dots allow students to talk about poetry in a non-threatening way while still allowing them to analyze the poem and use critical-thinking while they justify their responses.

I like to use these think-dots as an introductory activity when we start our poetry unit. I put the kids in groups, have them read different poems, and I give each group a giant 4"x4"x4" die that our woodworking students make. They LOVE doing these--they are engaged, laughing, and they beg to be able to do "just one more poem!"

Sample answer, just to get you thinking about how to use these: Let's say we've read "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost and on my roll of the die I rolled a 4. I might answer, "If this poem were wearing shoes, they'd probably be hiking boots, because the author says he 'took the road less traveled by.' Seems to me that path might have been rough."

Enjoy and have fun!
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