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Peace Poems and Picasso Doves: Literature, Art, Technology, and Poetry

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Peace Poems and Picasso Doves: Literature, Art, Technology, and Poetry

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Nine and a half hours, plus publishing time
Lesson Author

Judi Moreillon

Judi Moreillon

Tucson, Arizona

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Printouts

Websites

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Somewhere Today: A Book of Peace by Shelly Moore Thomas (Whitman, 2002)

  • Peace Begins with You by Katherine Sholes (Sierra Club/Little Brown, 1989/90)

  • The Big Book for Peace edited by Ann Durrel and Marilyn Sachs (Dutton, 1990)

  • An Angel for Solomon Singer by Cynthia Rylant (Orchard, 1992)

  • Smoky Night by Eve Bunting (Harcourt Brace, 1994)

  • Peace Dove Poems PowerPoint presentation

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Acrostic 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.

 

Diamante Poems

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Diamante Poems

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

 

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PRINTOUTS

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WEBSITES

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PREPARATION

1. Collaborate with a librarian, a computer specialist, and an art teacher to organize instruction, gather resources, and review websites.

2. Plan for small and whole group lessons, Internet access, computer workstation access (for the writing process), and art materials.

3. Using the Graphic Organizer worksheet as a model, make one class-size chart on butcher paper (or two charts if you are working with another educator). This chart will be used to record questions, plot summary, and the main idea and personal responses when reading An Angel for Solomon Singer.

4. Review the sample Peace Poem Template, which can be used or modified to help struggling writers.

5. Review the sample Rubric for Peace Dove Poem or develop your own to evaluate the whole-class and individual poems. The rubric should be based on four of the six traits from the 6+1 Trait® Writing framework. As sentence fluency is difficult to assess in free verse poetry and conventions are not as critical for this genre, the rubric should include an evaluation of word choice, voice, ideas (related to peace), and organization. A scoring guide and additional information can be found on the website, 6+1 Trait® Writing.

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