Poetry Unbound Podcast Lesson Plan

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10th - 12th, Homeschool
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Poetry Unbound is a 7 minute podcast where the host reads a poem aloud, talks informally about the poem, then reads the poem again. In these short podcasts the host talks about literary techniques, but he also makes text-to-text, text-to-self and text-to-world connections. He informally interacts with the poem in a way that can show students that poetry does not always have to be deeply and critically analyzed. There's a place to interact with poetry in an informal way.

Here’s what’s amazing about these short podcasts: they make poetry accessible. By listening to the poem, your students will hear tone, rhythm and intonation in a way that doesn’t happen if they always read poems silently. By hearing someone talk informally about the poem, the pressure for them to “figure out the meaning” is eased; they can hear what it is to make a text-to-text or text-to-world connection in a no pressure setting. 

I’ve created a document to accompany any episode of Poetry Unbound.

When could you use this?

*As an intro to a poetry unit

*At the start of class each day during a poetry unit

*In conjunction with a novel study as you consider themes that are in both the novel and poems in the podcast

*As an opening activity before delving into more through analysis of the poem

*Use 3-4 podcast episodes together for a full class period

This is a great lesson for 9th graders all the way to AP Lit seniors. 

While all the episodes are excellent, I give a few suggestions of ones to start with in the lesson plan that accompanies this handout.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


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