Lesson: Style, Tone, and Mood with Nikki Giovanni

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to draw conclusions about style, mood, tone, and meaning of “the drum” and “Choices” based on the author’s word choice and use of figurative language.

Lesson Plan

Drawing Conclusions about Style, Tone, Mood, and Meaning in Poetry
Poems: Legacies, the drum, and Choices by Nikki Giovanni
 
Standard
8.LT-S.10.
Standard Name
Students will be able to draw conclusions about style, mood, tone, and meaning of “the drum” and “Choices” based on the author’s word choice and use of figurative language.
 
Do Now
 
 
Read the poem “the drum”
  1. Why do you think Nikki Giovanni wrote “the drum?”
  2. What do you think the drum mentioned in the poem represents?
 
Opening
·         Teacher will have a scholar re-read the poem “the drum” and share their warm-up response.
·         Teacher will then ask scholars to choose an object that represents their life and write it on a post-it note. Scholars should put that post-it note to the side, they will re-visit it later in class.
Directed Instruction
Ÿ Teacher will discuss what it means to draw a conclusion. 
Ÿ Teacher will then re-define and identify style, tone, mood, and meaning using the poem “I’m Making a List” by Shel Silverstein.
Ÿ Teacher will model how to complete the figurative language graphic organizer using “I’m Making a List.”
Ÿ Teacher will then explain how drawing conclusions helped her to determine the tone, mood, style, and meaning, and figurative language of the poem.
 
 
Guided Practice
Ÿ Teacher will direct scholars to the poem “legacies” and in groups scholars will complete the figurative language graphic organizer. Scholars will work together to identify the meaning, style, mood, and tone of the poem. 
Ÿ As scholars finish completing their graphic organizers, they will post their graphic organizers around the room for all to see. 
Ÿ When all groups have finished, scholars will take a gallery walk of each group’s findings to compare their responses.
 
Independent Practice
Ÿ Scholars will read the poem “Choices” and independently complete the figurative language graphic organizer.
·         Teacher will walk around the room to assist struggling scholars with comprehending the meaning of the poem.
Closing
·         How do you relate or not relate to the choices Nikki Giovanni describes in the poem “Choices?” Explain your answer.        

Lesson Resources

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