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A lot of teachers are concerned about how they’re going to incorporate poetry into their curriculum and align with the Common Core. I’ve created five lessons that incorporate all four of the strands in each. Depending on the classroom, this unit could take between 1-2 weeks. Students will be creating and analyzing poems. When they analyze, they are looking for evidence to back up their reasoning. Students will also be participating in Language lessons or what we’re used to calling them grammar building skills. Having a computer lab will help with some of these lessons, but isn’t necessary for all of them. I’ve found some fun and challenging online grammar games to help students better understand the curriculum. I’ve also typed them up and put them in a worksheet if a lab or LCD projectors are unavailable. Students are looking not only at literature texts, but also at non-fiction. Students can look at these for the most part via the available worksheets or online. A classroom set could be created if internet lab access or LCD projectors are unavailable. At the end of the unit, I’ve included an assessment where the students create a poem based on what they’ve learned throughout the lessons. I also included a performance assessment from an actual SBAC draft. The end of level tests will look quite similar to this, I would know I’m one of the people creating them, so make sure and look it over for future references. I’ve included rubrics for all parts of assignments and an answer key for the assessment at the end. This poetry unit is different from my other one listed because it focuses on higher middle school grades.