Reflection: Joy What is Poetry Anyway? - Section 1: Activating


My students totally fell for my trick! I was so excited because not one of them expected my lyrics to be a poem and when I played the song they all were saying how they knew the song and immediately knew it was my ringtone! I chose Best of What's Around by Dave Matthews because I figured the lyrics wouldn't give away my plan. After they hear the music, the kids were like, "Wait? This is a poem?" Last year my kids started laughing at my song, so I was nervous this year about the reaction, but this year was exactly how I wanted it to turn out. As soon as I set them free they started talking about their favorite songs and what the words meant to them. Then we chatted about how some people may hear music when they read a poem even though it's not technically a song. 

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What is Poetry Anyway?

Unit 4: Poetry: A Love/Hate Relationship- "Love That Dog"
Lesson 2 of 20

Objective: SWBAT understand that poetry is a structure of writing that allows the author to express thoughts and feelings in an artistic way.

Big Idea: Poetry is more than short lines on paper.

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