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In the Poet's Shoes: Performing Poetry and Building Meaning
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Four 30-minute sessions to review poetry and complete the analysis; five 20-minute sessions to prepare for the presentation|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
Poetry Out Loud by Robert A. Rubin. (Algonquin Books, 1996)
- Preparing for Your Performance handout
- Thinking About Poetry Notes handout
- Thinking About Poetry handout
- In the Poet's Shoes Poetry Presentation Rubric
- In the Poet's Shoes WebQuest
- In the Poet's Shoes Research and Class Participation Rubric
- "The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams
|1.||Begin by previewing the WebQuest In the Poet's Shoes. Depending on the age and ability of your students, you may want to limit the number of websites or poems that they explore. Worksheets can also be modified to meet your students' abilities.
|2.||Review the two rubrics provided for evaluation of the students' Poetry Presentation and Research and Class Participation. Consider using the Rubistar website to create an evaluation rubric specific for students' work on the Internet.
|3.||Prepare several poems on overhead or as handouts to read aloud with your students. Poetry Out Loud is an excellent source. You will also need to prepare two overheads of "The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams—one in paragraph form and one in its original poetry form.|