Point of View & Structure - Poetry Lesson 2

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SWBAT discuss point of view and structure of poetry.

Big Idea

Learning our way around the poem

Warm Up

5 minutes

Today is Trailer Tuesday, so I will show students a book trailer or two depending on length. I select trailers for new release books and great books that students aren't picking up. (The link provided will take you to an earlier lesson with my reflection explaining more about my use of book trailers.)

There are several sites online for locating book trailers.  A quick search on you tube will locate several. Of course, always preview the trailer before showing a class.

I will focus today on books written in verse in order to link to our unit.  There are many great YA books written in verse.  Below are links to two I shared today.

Addie on the Inside

All the Broken Pieces




15 minutes

The lesson for today continues the poetry PowerpointToday we will move through slides 7-14 (14 is group work).  The slides are somewhat self explanatory.  *Note that the powerpoint must be downloaded in order to view correctly.

I have uploaded this powerpoint to Edmodo for student access both in and out of class.  who do not have access at home can also print a copy from their classroom computer.  This type of access allows students who are home sick or have been out to access the material easily.

Group Work

30 minutes

At this point in the lesson I want students to interact with poetry in groups.  So, we will review the directions on the powerpoint.

Using the book at your table, select one poem from the book to represent the group. Divide up the duties below and prepare to present your poem to the class:

1.Snap a picture & upload to Google docs (share with me for display when your group presents.)
2.Identify the number of lines and stanzas in your poem. Notice anything unique about the form.
3.Identify the poet and speaker
4.Read the poem aloud
I will give students time to upload the poem and prepare.  Then, the group will come to the front, display their poem, and share it with the class.  Each member of the group should participate - one reading the poem, one discussing lines and stanzas, another identifying the poet and speaker, etc.
This does not take long, but exposes them to more poetry while also allowing them to interact with it and be the "expert".
I like to challenge each group by asking why they chose the poem.

Wrap Up

5 minutes

To wrap up class today, students will complete a quick poll on Edmodo rating their comfort level with poetry at this point.