Skip to contentContribute to ReadWriteThink / RSS / FAQs / Site Demonstrations / Contact Us / About Us

 

 

Contribute to ReadWriteThink

ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you.

More

 

Professional Development

Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals.

More

 

Reading & Language Arts Community

Did You Know?

Your students can save their work with Student Interactives.

More more

Home Classroom Resources Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan

The Magnetism of Language: Parts of Speech, Poetry, and Word Play

E-mail / Share / Print This Page / Print All Materials (Note: Handouts must be printed separately)

 

The Magnetism of Language: Parts of Speech, Poetry, and Word Play

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Seven 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Barbara Faulkner

Granite Falls, North Carolina

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Overview

Featured Resources

From Theory to Practice

 

OVERVIEW

Adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and interjections: students will get a grammar overload in this lesson! Grammar can serve as a jumping-off point for exploring language. This lesson extends students' knowledge of parts of speech and encourages them to look critically at how language functions. Students begin with a review of the parts of speech. Using Lewis Carroll's poem "Jabberwocky," students look closely at the nonsensical words to identify their parts of speech and meaning. After experimenting with the Word Mover mobile application, they create their own magnetic poetry kits, which they use to both revise and reinterpret Carroll's poem and write their own original poems.


Lesson originally published in March 2007. Revised October 2012 by Christy Simon, NCTE staff.

back to top

 

FEATURED RESOURCES

  • Word Mover: Students can use this mobile application to help them create their own poetic masterpieces.

back to top

 

FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE

Roberts, S.K. (2002). Taking a technological path to poetry prewriting. The Reading Teacher, 55, 678687.

  • Roberts says about online magnetic poetry sites, "the engaging visuals replicate the idea of magnets on the refrigerator, so students are pleased with quick results."
  • Writing is a journey that takes place in many phases. The computer can be used for all the stages of writing, from prewriting to the finished product.

 

Pikulski, J.J., & Chard, D.J. (2005). Fluency: Bridge between decoding and reading comprehension. The Reading Teacher, 58(6), 510519.

  • Students need to be "familiar with the syntax or grammatical function of the words and phrases they are reading and with their meanings."

  • It is best to recognize words on sight. But, if that's not possible, having strategies on hand to aid with decoding and comprehension is important. Knowledge of the parts of speech is one such strategy.

 

Bloodgood, J.W., & Pacifici, L.C. (2004). Bringing word study to intermediate classrooms. The Reading Teacher, 58(3), 250263.

    "Students can become excited about language and how it works if the topic is presented in an active and engaging manner." Thus, word play and exploration is an important facet of a language arts program.

 

Richek, M.A. (2005). Words are wonderful: Interactive, time-efficient strategies to teach meaning vocabulary. The Reading Teacher, 58(5), 414423.

back to top