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Engineering the Perfect Poem by Using the Vocabulary of STEM

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Engineering the Perfect Poem by Using the Vocabulary of STEM

Grades 7 – 10
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 45- to 90-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.

Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.

Tampa, Florida

James L. Welsh

James L. Welsh

Tampa, Florida

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

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From Theory to Practice

 

OVERVIEW

Engineering is the “silent E” in STEM subject areas. While science, mathematics, and technology are often topics of content area lessons, engineering is often ignored. However, engineering is inclusive of all STEM subjects because engineers use science, mathematics, and technology to solve problems. Engineering careers are diverse, spanning many different technologies and disciplines, such as agricultural engineering, aerospace engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and chemical engineering. Each of these jobs involves a rich, highly-specialized vocabulary. In this lesson, students are introduced to the vocabulary of engineering careers by reading informational websites. After learning the terminology, they use discipline-specific vocabulary words to create poems about engineering careers.

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FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE

Baumann, J.F., & Graves, M.F. (2010). What is academic vocabulary? Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 54(1), 4–12.

Educators should help students identify domain-specific vocabulary: “the content-specific words used in disciplines like biology, geometry, civics, and geography” (p. 6) and help students to gain literacy skills about academic vocabulary.

 

Frye, E.M., Trathen, W., & Schlagal, B. (2010). Extending acrostic poetry into content learning: A scaffolding framework. The Reading Teacher, 63(7), 591–595.

  • It can be difficult to teach poetry to students.
  • Teachers may find structure and support in formula poems. Writing poems about content area topics can help students to integrate discipline-specific vocabulary and knowledge.

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