Reflection: Shared Expectations Reviewing Reading Logs & Exploring the Devices (and Dashes!) of Poetry - Section 3: Building Knowledge

 

Getting all students' attention is certainly not an easy task, but I promise you that if you announce things like, "Okay, now we're going to do a somewhat creepy activity.  It's sort of cult-like feeling, but you'll be entertained for sure," you'll get their attention for sure.  I love this activity employing choral reading, and while we don't chorally read often, this poem really allows students to hear the auditory devices that we're trying to analyze here.  It's also a time where students can share the feeling of doing something together and all feeling just a little bit dorky and uncertain about it.  This is definitely a bonding experience!  I always threaten that every student has to read aloud, or we'll just continue creepily read-chanting it over and over again until we do.  (For the record, I've never had to have students read it more than once!)  Another perk of this activity is that since everyone is reading, everyone is already a part of the discussion that will immediately follow it.  

I will say that I had one unexpected outcome of this project this year, that was absolutely joyful!  One student mentioned that it was very rhythmic and could almost be a rap, and then with very little warning, one student was a beatbox, and the other was rapping it!  Everyone in the classroom was immediately involved, cheering them on, and loving every minute of it.  It really helped to emphasize our lesson, and it's something I think I'll remember for my entire life.  This particular student is not one who volunteers often, but I was so encouraged to see him come out of his shell to offer his unique talent to this discussion!  I have a very strong feeling that he will continue to be participative in my class, and I look forward to his unique connections with our later texts! 

  Choral Reading and Student Engagement
  Shared Expectations: Choral Reading and Student Engagement
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Reviewing Reading Logs & Exploring the Devices (and Dashes!) of Poetry

Unit 3: Romanticism & Transcendentalism
Lesson 2 of 8

Objective: SWBAT evaluate the effectiveness of Romantic poetry by summarizing, describing imagery, explicating figurative language, and connecting the poem's structure to its overall theme.

Big Idea: A poetry lesson that results in a spontaneous rap session? Longfellow would be proud, though Dickinson would still be obsessed with death...

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