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Choosing One Word: Summarizing Shel Silverstein’s “Sick”

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Choosing One Word: Summarizing Shel Silverstein’s “Sick”

Grades 1 – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


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Shelley Paros

October 15, 2016

After trying this in my 6th grade 4th Period Class. I was surprised at how many students were familiar with the term GIST as a rubric. It did not surprise me that they knew Shel Silverstein and loved his work, I had some students who liked this approach and others in this class are always willing to help those who struggle. There was some resistance to this assignment as this is a Culinary/Career/Workforce Education Class and students could not relate to how poetry SICK helped increase any of the skills they were hoping to ascertain...even with the explanation that sometimes adult do not wish to go to work on some days frustrated them.
Those students do enjoy researching jobs, skills required, possible incomes, areas where the work can be most easily found and how soon they could enter this field.



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