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Dynamite Diamante Poetry

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Dynamite Diamante Poetry

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Claudia Moberly

Claudia Moberly

Middleton, Alabama

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Printouts

Websites

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Computers with Internet access and printing capability

  • Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs by Ruth Heller (Putnam Juvenile, 1998)

  • Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives by Ruth Heller (Putnam Juvenile, 1998)

  • Merry-Go-Round: A Book About Nouns by Ruth Heller (Putnam Juvenile, 1998)

  • A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What Is a Noun? by Brian Cleary (Carolrhoda Books, 1999)

  • Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What Is an Adjective? by Brian Cleary (Carolrhoda Books, 2001)

  • To Root, To Toot, To Parachute: What Is a Verb? by Brian Cleary (Carolrhoda Books, 2001)

  • Overhead projector

  • Chart paper

  • Index cards

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Diamante Poems

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Diamante Poems

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

 

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.

 

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PRINTOUTS

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WEBSITES

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PREPARATION

1. Make sure that students have permission to use the Internet, following your school policy. If you need to, reserve two 45-minute sessions in your school's computer lab. These do not need to be on consecutive days. Bookmark the Diamante Poems interactive writing tool on the computers students will be using. These computers should be connected to a printer so that students can print off their poems.

2. Review the Diamante Poems interactive writing tool to familiarize yourself with it. (If you experience difficulty, make sure that computers have the most recent version of the Flash plug-in, which can be downloaded for free from the ReadWriteThink Site Tools page.)

3. Obtain copies of A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What Is a Noun?, To Root, To Toot, To Parachute: What Is A Verb?, and Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What Is An Adjective? by Brian Cleary and Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs, Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives, and Merry-Go-Round: A Book About Nouns by Ruth Heller. Review each of them and find examples of nouns, adjectives, verbs, and gerunds to share with students during Session 1. Examples include:
From Many Luscious Lollipops:
An ADJECTIVE's terrific
When you want to be specific.
It easily identifies
By number, color or by size
TWELVE LARGE, BLUE, GORGEOUS butterflies.

Treat PROPER ADJECTIVES the same
as any other proper name . . .
a PERSIAN rug, an IRISH setter.
They always begin with a capital letter.

From A Mink, A Fink, A Skating Rink:
Hill is a noun. Mill is a noun.
Even Uncle Phil is a noun.
A box, a lip, a chocolate chip,
A cup or glass from which you sip,
A pocket, button, sleeve or cuff -
A noun can simply be your stuff.

From To Root, To Toot, To Parachute:
To root, to toot, to parachute,
To play the flutophone or flute,
To dare, defend, descend, disturb,
If it's an action, it's a verb!

Then go on to share this next section, which introduces gerunds:

Verbs tell of ships cruising, dogs snoozing, slime oozing,
They tell of spies spying, guys trying and losing,
Of leaves when they're falling, and wind when it's blowing,
The rain when it's raining, the snow when it's snowing.

4. Make a transparency of the Diamante Brainstorm or create a similar page on chart paper or a white board. Make copies of this handout for each student in the class.

5. Copy the Word Sort Chart onto chart paper or a board in your classroom.

6. Make one copy of the Sample Diamante Poems handout for each student in the class. This handout includes three examples. You might also visit the Diamantes by Koday's Kids website, which includes a number of examples of student diamante poems or the Animal Inn Poetry website, which has another example. You may want to copy one or two of these poems onto chart paper to use with the class as well.

7. Make one copy of the Diamante Format handout for each student in the class.

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