With fun photos, animation and lively text, this lesson shows student writers how poetry can be written from real details. The first slides give you an opportunity to reteach the prefix RE as the students are introduced to the word, refrain. Then Sara Holbrook invites the students to read one of her refrain poems with her (you) and allows you to also offer an insight into the point of view of the poem and point out how the author uses punctuation to convey meaning in the poem. In the first writing exercise, students will be introduced to a mentor text, a refrain poem about parrots. Then they are invited to write a poem with the class, on their own or with a partner using the parrot poem as mentor text. In the second writing exercise, the stanzas consist of accurate details from a picture (a noun and an action verb) and a three syllable refrain. This is broken down for the students so; again, they will be able to use this poem as mentor text.
Have fun with informational poetry!
This lesson supports the following Common Core Standards:
This lesson references the following Common Core Standards for primary students:
[RL.k.6] [RL.1.6] [RL.2.6] [RL.3.6] (point of view)
[RL.k.10] [RL.1.10] [RL.2.10] [RL.3.10] (provides opportunities to read grade level appropriate poems)
[RL.k.4.a.b.c.] [RL.1.4.a.b.c.] [RL.2.4.a.b.c.] [RL.3.4.a.b.c.] (provides opportunities for rereading to build fluency)
[W.k.2] [W.1.2] [W.2.2] [W.3.2] (writers are using a poetic form to convey informational text)
[SL.k.2] [SL.1.2] [SL.2.2] [SL.3.2] (before writing, students must look at a subject and pick the main ideas and details to describe that subject.
[SL.k.4] [SL.1.4] [SL.2.4] [SL.3.4] (students must recount a place or an experience with supporting details in order to compose their refrain poem.
[L.k.4.b.] [L.1.4.b.] [L.2.4.b.] [L.3.4.b.] (lesson helps reinforce understanding of the prefix RE
[L.k.1] [L.1.1] [L.2.1] [L.3.1] (lesson provides an opportunity to talk about action verbs in present tense)
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