Welcome to a set of five lessons I've written about narrative poetry. These lessons take students through understanding the structure of a narrative poem, as well as planning, composing, publishing, and recording their own narrative poem. You could easily extend this week of lessons to cover more days, as I felt a bit rushed to finish in one week with my class (we actually had four days :).
These lessons are part of a larger, six week unit my district is implementing all about mythology, dragons, gods, giants, ancient Greece, and the Olympics. However, the poems don't need to be themed according to this particular unit. I gave my students the choice. If they wanted to write a narrative poem about a Greek god, great! However, if they wanted to write their poem about their cat, that was great, too! You'll notice that I have a themed set of papers with mythological clip art, as well as a set with owl clip art. Please use whatever works best for your students.
Thank you for visiting, and I hope you and your poets enjoy this week of narrative poetry. Happy writing!
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
By Carl Sandburg
*Clip art in lesson header from My Cute Graphics. Thank you!
Review Rubric: Here is a copy of the rubric I created to assess students' audio recordings of their narrative poems. There are two copies of the rubric on one page. The rubric could also be used to assess other types of recordings. I try to keep the rubrics generic as I know technology, software, and types of projects change. Reviewing the rubric with students sets them up for success by explaining the expectations for this project. (See Resource File: Audio Recording Rubric)
Recording: You have a lot of options for making audio, or audio and visual recording with your students. When I complete just an audio recording, I use Mac's Garage Band, utilizing the podcast feature. This is also what I use when I create a recording for my listening centers.
If I am making a recording with audio and visual, I've used Jing or Camtasia. Jing is a free software program that allows you to record audio and visual, however you are limited to the length of the recording. My school has a subscription to Camtasia software, which allows me to create longer audio and visual recordings. We also subscribe to Screencast, which stores our videos, and where they are linked to. This allows me to make videos for many different purposes in my classroom.
However, there are many great, free products available for making recordings. If you have a phone with recording capabilities, that may be a good option. With most phones, you can email yourself a video file if it is under one minute.
Getting the actual recordings done, can be time consuming. I've used parent volunteers to help with this task. The amount of time you need will depend on how many students you have. Some tips I have are:
Don't forget to have the students read their title and name, so you can easily identify who is being recorded.
Let the students listen to their recording and see if they'd like to try it again.
Have a copy of the rubric out so students remember their end goal.
Use an external microphone! Your sound will come out much better :)
Record in a quiet place, or if you can't use a headset with a microphone.
Here are some other items you may find helpful if you are completing activities related to narrative poetry.
Home Activity: Here is an activity you can send home with your students to reinforce learning about narrative poetry at home. (See Resource File: Home Poetry Assignment)
Word Choice: My students also completed a narrative fantasy story during this unit. These are posters and handouts I created to help with word choice. You may find them helpful to use with your students while writing poetry, too! (See Resource Files: Figurative Language Posters and Word Lists)
Website Links: Here are some website links for your little poets to learn and play with poetry: