Close Reading Strategies: Illustrating a Poem

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Objective

SWBAT read, illustrate, comprehend a poem by explaining the poet's message based on evidence.

Big Idea

Deciphering a poem using clues.

My Lens

This lesson is one of a series of lessons focused on comparing and contrasting across texts.

 On Day 1:  Students will read a poem to themselves, to a partner, and then annotate it as a way of discovering a suggested meaning. They will provide evidence from the poem to support their interpretation.

On Day 2: Students will compare  and contrast "Unfolding Bud" to "Bud", a poem read earlier in the unit.

Extension Activity:  Compare and contrast three poems, "Unfolding Bud" to "Bud" to "Introduction to a Poem".

These lessons address the CCSS RL5.4 and RL5.9

Mini-lesson

10 minutes

Students, today I will read a poem titled "Unfolding Bud" to you.  Your job is to listen to the words and think about the poet's message.   As you hear the poem, pay attention to the pictures you see in your mind as you hear the words. Making a picture n your mind is called imagery or visualization.  Using visualization will  help you interpret the poem and illuminate the meaning.

 

I would like you to use a visualizing and then an illustrating strategy to decipher the poet's message. As you hear the poem, pay attention to the pictures you see in your mind as you hear the words. Making a picture in your mind is called imagery or visualization.  Using visualization will  help you interpret the poem and illuminate the meaning.

 Read the poem, "Unfolding Bud".

"Turn and Compare pictures you created in your mind as you heard the poem."  Share ideas whole class.  

Pass out a copy of the poem and have students stetch in the margins each stanza.

Confer and coach students as they sketch.  Share a few student sketches under document camera.

Here is a form I want you to fill out at your desks.   Show and explain.

You may work with a partner- but I want both of you to turn in a finished form. 

 

Independent/ Partner Work

20 minutes

Pass out forms and send students to their seats.

Once they are settled, circulate among the students and coach them in making connections between the stanzas and in the overall message of the poem.