Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Structure of Poetry Workstations - Section 2: Rotations


I was so glad I threw the Snail Speed poem into my station. My struggling readers definitely got hung up on the picture. Seeing it first almost made the words lose their meaning. I got responses like, "It's about a snail moving slowly," and "The snail is relaxed." My on level and advanced readers, took some time to think about it, but didn't really feel like it was about the snail. I had to work with my on-level readers to discuss that the snail was used as a metaphor for how we should live life, but my advanced level readers got that right away. 

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: The picture did trick them
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Structure of Poetry Workstations

Unit 4: Poetry: A Love/Hate Relationship- "Love That Dog"
Lesson 11 of 20

Objective: SWBAT determine how the structure of a poem holds meaning for the poem

Big Idea: Enough talk about poetic structure; it's time to put those skills to use!

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