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Compiling Poetry Collections and a Working Definition of Poetry

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Compiling Poetry Collections and a Working Definition of Poetry

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Eight 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Mary Osborne

Ozona, Florida

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Mobile Apps

Printouts

Websites

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

 

  • Handouts of poems used for instruction or in computer files to project

  • General classroom supplies (chalkboard, chart paper, markers, etc)

  • Student writing notebooks and folders

  • Blank composition books

  • A computer with Internet access with LCD projector

  • A wide variety of poetry books to be used for instruction and student exploration

  • Examples of themed poetry collections or anthologies

  • If students will be given the opportunity to create their own poems using student interactives or mobile apps, then also computers with Internet access or tablets will be needed.  Also, students will use a printer to publish their poems to add to their poetry collections.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Haiku Poem Interactive

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Haiku Poem Interactive

Students can learn about and write haiku using this interactive that guides them through the writing process.

 

Theme Poems

Grades   K – 5  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Theme Poems

Formerly known as Shape Poems, this online tool allows elementary students to write poems in various shapes.

 

Acrostic Poems

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Acrostic Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems. Elements of the writing process are also included.

 

Diamante Poems

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.

 

Word Mover

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Word Mover

Word Mover allows children and teens to create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, users can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text.

 

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MOBILE APPS

Haiku Poem App

Grades   3 – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing Poetry

Haiku Poem App

Students can learn about and write haiku using this app that guides them through the writing process.

 

Theme Poems

Grades   K – 5  |  Mobile App  |  Writing Poetry

Theme Poems

Users learn about and write theme poems, a poem written within the shape of the subject of the poem.

 

Acrostic Poems

Grades   K – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing Poetry

Acrostic Poems

Learn about and write acrostic poems, a poetry form that uses the letters in a word to begin each line of the poem. All lines of the poem relate to or describe the main topic word.

 

Diamante Poems

Grades   K – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing Poetry

Diamante Poems

In this app, users can learn about and write diamante poems, which are diamond-shaped poems that use nouns, adjectives, and gerunds to describe either one central topic or two opposing topics (for example, night/day or winter/spring). Examples of both kinds of diamante poems can be viewed online or printed out.

 

Word Mover

Grades   3 – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing Poetry

Word Mover

Word Mover allows children and teens to create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, users can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text.

 

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PRINTOUTS

 

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WEBSITES

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PREPARATION

  • Choose the poetic forms that you'll focus on in this lesson (e.g., concrete/shape poetry, haiku, two-voice, cinquain, free-verse). Five forms work well. See The Children's Poetry Archive and Links to Other Forms of Poetry and Elements of Poetry for additional options and materials.
  • Familiarize yourself with the elements of poetry with any of these resources: Poetry Box Rules; Elements of Poetry; and Riddle Poem Features.
  • Make copies of the poems that you will be using to teach the forms of poetry and craft elements of poetry for students.
  • Arrange for students to have their writing notebooks and folders, and blank composition books, which will be used to compile their poetry collections and definitions.
  • The forms of poetry and elements of poetry in this lesson are simply recommendations. Feel free to customize the forms and craft elements for your own needs.
  • Make a copy of the Poetry Collection Checklist for each student.
  • If using computers for student writing, test the student interactives 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.
  • If using tablets for student writing, download the apps.  Familiarize yourself with both apps.
  • Arrange to have several poetry books available for students to use.  Consult the printout Suggested Poetry Books for recommendations.

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