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Discovering Poetic Form and Structure Using Concrete Poems

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Discovering Poetic Form and Structure Using Concrete Poems

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





Internet access, or copies of "r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r" by e.e. cummings, "Easter Wings" by George Herbert, or "The Altar" by George Herbert, or a similar concrete poem from the List of Additional Concrete Poems

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Printing Press

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.


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  • Make copies of "Suppose Columbus" and the additional concrete poem(s) that you've chosen to discuss.

  • Prepare for class discussion of cummings's poem by exploring the various comments on the poem.
  • If students will complete the extension and write their own concrete poems, test the ReadWriteThink Printing Press student interactive on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page. Explore the options that the tool provides so that you can guide students' decisions.

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