What's More Concrete than a Concrete Poem?

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Objective

SWBAT write a read, understand and write concrete poems.

Big Idea

We are writing poetry to take all the way to the publishing stage of writing. Today we are writing concrete poems.

Narrative

Lesson Opener

15 minutes

To introduce the students to concrete poetry, I will show them some fun examples of student work posted on the following website:

http://www.imrunningonfumes.com/?p=816

On this website, an English teacher shares examples of concrete poems written by her 7th and 8th grade students.  They are works of art!  

I am hoping to inspire the students to create their own concrete poem masterpieces.

Group Project

20 minutes

Today we will work on the concrete poem section of their Pocket Poetry Guides.  We will read through the description page on concrete poems and also the steps on creating concrete poems.  We will then work together as a class to create a concrete poem together.  This will help them understand the steps to creating a concrete poem so that they can create a concrete poem on their own.

Independent Project

20 minutes

After we have created our class poem, I will then give students time to create their own concrete poem. As the students are working I will walk around helping those who need help coming up with ideas or need help in general. Those who finish quickly I will challenge to write another concrete poem.  

During writing time, I always have the kids  keep what we call a level 0 voice.  Level 0 means that there is no voice at all.  It is quiet work time. I feel strongly that when students are asked to write, the environment needs to be one where they can think and not be distracted. Most of the time I encourage collaboration in my classroom, so a level 0 voice is not expected all the time, but it is during writing.

Lesson Closer

10 minutes

To wrap up our lesson, I will allow students who would like to share their poems to do just that. we have a castle theme in my classroom this year, so when I have the students share their writing they share from our royal reader thrown.  It gets kids excited about sharing their work.