Lesson: Poetry: Paying attention to Signals

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Lesson Objective

I can determine the mood and tone of a poem by paying attention to the signals authors give us: words, punctuation and the title.

Lesson Plan

 

 

State Standard:

5.LT-S.9. Identify and draw conclusions about the author's use of sensory details, imagery, and figurative language.

Objective

 

I can determine the mood and tone of a poem by paying attention to the signals authors give us: words, punctuation and the title. 

 

Do Now

In your notebook:

Dear Ms/Mr. 

Last night I read_______________by__________. It was really______________. I found it interesting that______________________________. I would not recommend or I would recommend _______because___________.

 

Hook

What does a stop sign mean? What about a yellow light? Discuss how these are all signals used to convey messages.

Direct Instruction

 

 

T: Readers poets use signals and punctuations to convey messages to their readers. Much like the signals we see in our every day life, a poets signals tells us when to stop, slow down, get excited, change direction, etc. These signals help us determine how to read the poem. They help us understand the mood and the tone of the poem.

 

Sometimes these signals are obvious like punctuation, sometimes they are not and we have to read the poem multiple times to understand the mood and tone.

 

Read “The Kids in School With Me” by Langston Hughes. Read the poem again, have students invent signals for how to read the poem. They can use colored pencils and they can add street signs or make up their own signs to show how to read the poem. 

 

http://www.literacyrules.com/Weekly_Poem/bylangstonhughes.htm

 

Other Poems: http://www.poetry4kids.com/poems

 

 

Guided Practice

T: Read another poem together. Model the signals the poet uses (line breaks, punctuation, italics, figurative language, etc.)

 

Independent Practice

Give students a copy of their own poem and have highlight the signals the poets use. They can also add signs they invent them help them understand how the author wants them to read the poem.

 

Closing

Share students wok.

Quiz/Assessment

 

Student analysis of poem.

Lesson Resources

Langston Hughes
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Poetry For Kids
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