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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Exploring Change through Allegory and Poetry
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- The Giving Tree or another text that addresses change
- Assorted art supplies
Grades 6 – 12 | Student Interactive | Inquiry & Analysis
Students can map out the key literary elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution as prewriting for their own fiction or as analysis of a text by another author in this secondary-level interactive.
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
The Webbing Tool provides a free-form graphic organizer for activities that ask students to pursue hypertextual thinking and writing.
Grades 1 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
The Plot Diagram is an organizational tool focusing on a pyramid or triangular shape, which is used to map the events in a story. This mapping of plot structure allows readers and writers to visualize the key features of stories.
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing Poetry
This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.
- Gather art supplies.
- Choose a text that addresses change for the class to read. Ideally, choose The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein or Tonia the Tree by Sandy Stryker to parallel the symbolism of the tree in the text with students’ “Me Trees.”
- Make one copy of the “Me Tree” Reflection Questions for each student.
- Make one copy of the Change Reflection Questions for each small group of 3-4 students.
- Create an overhead of the Sample Diamante Poem, or copy the sample for each student.
- Test the Diamante Poems, Literary Elements Map, and Plot Diagram on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.