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Making History Come Alive Through Poetry and Song

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Making History Come Alive Through Poetry and Song

Grades 6 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Ann Kelly Cox

Normal, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

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LESSON PLANS

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

A Collaboration of Sites and Sounds: Using Wikis to Catalog Protest Songs

This lesson makes a connection to popular culture by asking students to research and analyze contemporary and historic protest songs and to catalogue them in a class wiki.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Wading Through the Web: Teaching Internet Research Strategies

The Internet is often the first stop for student researchers, but few know how to vet sources effectively. In this lesson, students learn about Internet research through an interactive PowerPoint presentation.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

What is Poetry? Contrasting Poetry and Prose

Students often find poetry frustrating and meaningless. By helping students think critically about the differences between poetry and prose, this introduction sets the stage for different strategies for comprehending poetic texts.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Poetry: Sound and Sense

Students' groans about studying poetry may disappear with this lesson in which students read poetry from various writers and use these poems to examine the sounds and sense of language.

 

Grades   9 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Developing Aesthetic Criteria: Using Music to Move Beyond Like/Dislike with Poetry

In this lesson, students develop the cognitive tool of criteria development for discussing the aesthetics of poetry and music.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Diamante Poems

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

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Line Break Explorer

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

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 25

Poet Robert Burns was born in 1759.

Students read examples of traditional Scottish ballads and use this information to write and perform their own ballads.

 

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