This station-activity involves using iPods or other Internet-connected devices to review or introduce six elements of reading. Good for test review or to re-engage students after a break.
Each station has a mini-lesson link to a free video tutorial, a link to a free video of the poem (in some cases performances by the author), a text copy of the poem, and questions to answer after listening to the poem.
Don't have enough devices for each student? The first page of the download is a guide to the topics and poems with the associated links. You could do this activity whole group by showing it through your computer and having the worksheets printed out with the text of the poems and the questions. Not as fun, but hey, I worked in a school where we had one computer lab for three grades! I wanted to make this accessible in those situations, too.
Topics and poems include the following:
Tone with I Can't Read" by Lamont Carey; mood with "POW (Prisoner of Words)" by Alicia Keys ; figurative language with “The Sea” by James Reeves; elements of plot with "The Cremation of Sam McGee" by Robert W. Service; connotations and denotations with “Desert Places” by Robert Frost; and inferences with “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke