Reflection: High Expectations Poetry Writing - Section 3: Independent Practice


Since I have been teaching, I have been fighting to overcome a culture of underachieving. I am not sure where it started, or why it has permeated so much of society, but I am working each and every single day to undo it. Many of my students have the initial thought of: "What is the easiest way I can do this?" I am not saying it is bad to seek out ways to make things easier for ourselves, but I am saying that I want kids to evaluate the situation and make the best decision possible, for themselves, their needs, their skills, etc. It is my job to push them to make the decisions that will have the biggest positive impact on their learning and development. 

Some of the students are simply seeking the easiest route, while others are simply intimidated by some of the poem formats. Most commonly, the students try to avoid writing a sonnet, which is the newest to them. This is part of why I put it on the form twice, in hopes that some of them would put themselves out there and take that risk. 

  The Struggle Is Real
  High Expectations: The Struggle Is Real
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Poetry Writing

Unit 2: Poetry
Lesson 11 of 14

Objective: Students will work independently to write three original poems, one of which will be selected for the class poetry slam.

Big Idea: Tic Tac Toe, Three In A Row!

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