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Letter Poems Deliver: Experimenting with Line Breaks in Poetry Writing
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Two 40-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- William Carlos Williams’s “This is Just to Say” written on chart paper in letter form (with a salutation added) and on a separate piece of chart paper as a poem
- Copies for each student of the poem “Dear Grandma” written as a letter and on a separate piece of paper as a poem. Alternatively, you can select a similar poem from the The Academy of American Poets Website, from Chapter 2 of Getting the Knack: 20 Poetry Writing Exercises (Dunning and Stafford 1992), or use a letter poem you have written to model your literacy for students.
- Chart paper or board space for writing ideas
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing Poetry
The Letter Poem Creator provides an online model for the thought process involved in creating poems based upon a letter; then, students are invited to experiment with letter poems independently.
Grades 3 – 8 | Student Interactive | Writing Poetry
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.
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.
- "Dear Grandma" as Letter and Poem
- Sample List of Letter or E-mail Addresses and Purposes
- Rubric for Letter Poems Lesson
- This lesson assumes that students have already been introduced to poetry. The lesson What Makes Poetry? Exploring Line Breaks is a good precursor to this lesson.
- Browse, select, and gather resources, making copies of “Dear Grandma” (or an alternative) in letter and poem forms.
- Write “This is Just to Say,” in letter and poem forms, on chart paper.