Inferring Meaning from Poetry

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SWBAT match a poem with a person based on the words, images, and big ideas the poem suggests.

Big Idea

Reading Poetry for Big Ideas!


10 minutes

While students are at their seats, project three short poems onto screen.

Read each poem aloud.  Tell students their task is to match the details in the poem with the descriptions of the person at the bottom of the page.

Read the three descriptions.

"Students, make a prediction and match the poems with the descriptions.  Be willing to support your predictions using details from the poem.

See if students agree of disagree with each other.  Have them explain their thinking.

After the discussion, tell them what you were thinking when you wrote the short poems and if the matched them the way you matched them.