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The Connection Between Poetry and Music

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Six 30-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Rebecca Olien

Rebecca Olien

Ashland, Oregon

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Student Interactives

Calendar Activities

 

STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   3 – 8  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Line Break Explorer

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.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   4 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 18

Paul Revere began his famous midnight ride in 1775.

Through the study of Paul Revere, students learn about primary source documents while researching their family histories, with which they create and compare their family trees.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 3

Jesse James robs the Obocock Bank in 1871.

Students listen to folksongs and related information about Jesse James, and then research James' life and write new folk songs about James or another famous outlaw.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 8

On this day in 1935, Elvis Presley was born.

Students visit the National Archives to read a letter written by Elvis Presley to President Nixon. The Letter Generator is used to write a letter to a current artist suggesting a meeting with the President.

 

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 8

Celebrate blues legend Robert Johnson's birthday.

Students learn about blues music and brainstorm subjects that might give them "the blues." Finally, they write their own blues lyrics and have the option to perform.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 1

Music in Our Schools Month is in March.

Students explore the effects of music on a story by reading a story, novel, or play, viewing the musical version, and comparing the two. Students can then select a text read in class and create a musical adaptation.

 

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