ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you.
Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals.
Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
The Connection Between Poetry and Music
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Six 30-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Rhythm instruments
- Computers with Internet access
- LCD display monitor (optional)
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.
|1.||Collect poetry books and choose specific poems from them to share with the class (the Poetry List offers suggested books). Pick three or four poems with a strong rhythm to read aloud to students; practice reading them.
|2.||Collect rhythm instruments, such as rhythm sticks, shakers, drums, and tambourines. You can borrow instruments from the music teacher or make simple shakers with rice and dried beans in film canisters.
|3.||Make sure that students have permission to use the Internet, following your school policy. If you need to, reserve two 30-minute sessions in your school's computer lab. These do not need to be on consecutive days (see Sessions 3 and 4).
|4.||Familiarize yourself with the Giggle Poetry and Poetry for Kids websites. Go through the steps of Line Break Explorer, jotting down answers to the questions. Bookmark all three websites on your classroom or lab computers.