Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Creating Found Poems - Section 2: Introducing the Found Poem Process


We have all done it.  You are planning a lesson (soundtrack "La la la") and you build it on an assumption.  Something like, "I can kick off the year teaching gerunds because by eighth grade everyone knows their parts of speech!"  Right.  I mean, it seems reasonable.  But that doesn't keep you from stepping into that open manhole.

Today, I kicked off the lesson with the assumption that the kids would know what found poetry is.  Now that I think about it, I don't know why I made that assumption.  Perhaps it is because, in previous years, I have had enough kids tell me that they were familiar with it that I assumed that it was taught in an earlier grade.

So, when I said something to the effect of "What is found poetry?" and the students looked at me with blank faces, I realized it.  Found poetry = not a known quantity.

We sorted it out after quite a lot of questions, and it worked out fine.  But, it's something to remember for next year...


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Creating Found Poems

Unit 16: A Separate Peace
Lesson 3 of 8

Objective: SWBAT highlight a theme or aspect of the novel through the development of found poems.

Big Idea: Find meaning in literature using found poems...

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