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Looking for an innovative poetry unit that will get your students excited about reading, discussing, and writing their own poetry?
This proven resource will conquer your students’ fear of verse and get them exploring their world through poems.
When you teach your upper elementary and middle school classes to love poetry with these lesson plans you will:
--conquer your students’ fear of poetry by getting them to experiment with their own poetry writing
--establish calming and focusing daily routines by following the suggestions included here
--add rigor to your lesson plans by inspiring your students to think critically with the ready-to-go handouts, writing prompts, and activities
--fulfill common core requirements with fun, low-key lessons
--engage your classes in dynamic discussions with the critical thinking questions
Included in the ten focused and complete lessons are suggestions for activities, poetry, discussion, and having fun with poems. There are no lectures or power points here—students will do the work themselves, with guidance from their teacher. Rather than telling them what the poems mean, you will be empowering them with the confidence and skills to tackle a poem on their own.
In all, there is enough here for two weeks of rigorous, engaging, and fun lessons.
The following 16 poems are all covered in the lessons (though the text of some are not included for copyright reasons):
“There is No Frigate Like a Book” by Emily Dickinson
“Afternoon on a Hill” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
“The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams
“In a Station of the Metro” by Ezra Pound
“Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll
“[in Just-]” by E.E. Cummings
“This is Just to Say” by William Carlos Williams
“The New-Born Baby's Song” by Frances Darwin Cornford
“How To Eat a Poem” by Eve Merriam
“Roses, Late Summer” by Mary Oliver
“The Word Plum” by Helen Chasin
"Joy Sonnet in a Random Universe” by Helen Chasin
“I Am Offering this Poem” by Jimmy Santiago Baca
“Chocolate” by Rita Dove
“Toasting Marshmallows” by Kristine O’Connell George
“Elena” by Pat Mora