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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Choosing One Word: Summarizing Shel Silverstein’s “Sick”
|Grades||1 – 2|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Two 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- “Sick” by Shel Silverstein
- Additional Poetry Resources
- Chart paper or board, and writing instruments
Grades 3 – 8 | Student Interactive | Writing Poetry
The interactive explores the ways that poets choose line breaks in their writing. After viewing the demonstration, students are invited to experiment with line breaks themselves.
- Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing: Multicultural Poetry for Children
- Judy Freeman’s 40 Favorite Poetry Books for Children
- Make copies of the text that the students will be using in this activity. This lesson plan uses the poem “Sick” by Shel Silverstein as one example.
- Compile additional poetry resources from the booklist or from one of the children's poetry Websites listed in the Resources section.
- Test the Line Break Explorer on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.