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Choose, Select, Opt, or Settle: Exploring Word Choice in Poetry

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Choose, Select, Opt, or Settle: Exploring Word Choice in Poetry

Grades 9 – 12
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions, plus time for student projects
Lesson Author

Scott Filkins

Scott Filkins

Champaign, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Exploring the Power of Language with Six-Word Memoirs

What do the words we write really have to say about us? In this lesson, students examine the power of word choice as they write six-word memoirs of their lives.


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Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Learning About Language

Word Matrix

Explore the similarities and differences among words typically considered synonyms with this tool that allows middle- and secondary-level students organize groups of words by connotation on one axis and by register on another.


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Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 26

Poet Robert Frost was born in 1874.

Students celebrate Frost's birthday by exploring his innovation in the sonnet form by studying poems and presenting them to the class.


Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 3

United States Congress officially adopted the position of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry in 1985.

Students investigate the website of a past Poet Laureate's project and use it as a model to celebrate poetry that appeals most to them.


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Grades   3 – 8  |  Strategy Guide

Using the Jigsaw Cooperative Learning Technique

In this strategy guide, you will learn how to organize students and texts to allow for learning that meets the diverse needs of students but keeps student groups flexible.


Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Close Reading of Literary Texts

This guide provides strategies for choosing text that is appropriate for close reading and to plan for instruction.


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