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SWBAT use the rhyming dictionary to play with words and create a rhyming "found" poem.

Big Idea

Build on Ideas: The "Rhyming-Found-Shape "Poem


10 minutes

During this poetry unit, students will be using many resources:  dictionaries, thesauri, rhyming dictionaries, and they will have access to the internet to find information and to read poems.

This lesson was a natural extension of the "Found Poems" lesson. I created this lesson because I saw how interested the students were with the rhyming dictionaries we checked out from the library.

Students explored the rhyming dictionary to  create a "Rhyming Found Poem" from the entries under a rime.  

While the students are on the rug, pass out 1 rhyming dictionary for each partnership.

Partner B can go first.  They will flip through the dictionary (using guide words if they are looking for a particular rime).  Once they have found their word, they will say it and then read the words that rhyme out loud to their partner.  Then, they will reread it pausing at different places to show another way to use line breaks.  Next, partner B will find a word and repeat the process.

"Students, today you will be writing "Rhyming Found Poems".  Feel feel to experiment with form and line breaks and adding illustrations to your poems."

Release partnerships to their seats.



Independent Writing

30 minutes

Encourage students to write as many Found Rhyming as they have time for.

Confer and coach, enjoy the amazing  ways students use the dictionaries and their creativity!

Teacher, Preacher, Creature

The Crossword Puzzle

Rhyming Found Poems screencast

Lead a mid-workshop interruption:  "Students I want to show you an online rhyming dictionary that will be helpful to you as you want to revise your rhyming poems.  The name of the site is called Rhyming.com.  Let's say you have the words pillow and  armadillo in a poem. Let's see how Rhyming.com can help us learn more one, two, three, or four syllable words that have the long o sound at the end of the words."

Later today or tonight check out this site to learn about five kinds of rhymes including double rhymes and first syllable rhymes.

Student Share

10 minutes

We end the lesson with students sharing their poetry with the whole group.

Ask the student who wrote Nature to share her poems with the class.

Remind students to listen with a purpose of giving a compliment.

Active listening (listen for a purpose of giving a compliment focus on craft moves)

Active feedback ( giving students compliments)

Tell students to notice the craft moves the student poet made in Found Rhyming Poems

Say, "Students I want you to notice all the great things (craft moves) ______ did in his/her poem. Be ready to give  ______ a compliment on their poems after they share."