Here we have a mini-lesson on formal vs. informal language -- with a focus on slang -- highlighting a contemporary poem by the American humorist poet James Hall entitled "Maybe Dats Your Pwoblem Too" (a poem written about the dumb luck of being Spiderman). This Imitate-Reflect-Correct activity encourages students to develop their own use of humor as well as specific dialect and/or slang in creative writing; this two-in-one activity also pushes students to practice formal grammar usage in re-writing sentences for acceptable use of punctuation and the eight parts of speech.
In inviting students to compose their own poetry as well as correct ungrammatical sentences, we are urging students to move into the Common Core Standards of 21st Century Skills, including communication, creativity, and critical thinking; they ALSO are being pushed into the higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy (eg. moving beyond basic comprehension to application, analysis, evaluation, AND synthesis/creating)!
This is a fun method to help students not only read higher-level contemporary poetry, but also prep for standardized testing by applying strong reading strategies and formal grammar usage.
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