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Teacher Resources by Grade
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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|
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
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 4 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students will be motivated to share their poetry through an online tool the features recording and animation.
Grades 8 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  April 29
Students examine imagery in the work of Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  January 25
Students read examples of traditional Scottish ballads and use this information to write and perform their own ballads.
Grades 5 – 8 | Calendar Activity |  September 17
Students write imitation poems, review grammatical structures, and use the ReadWriteThink Printing Press or Stapleless Book to publish their finished work.
Grades K – 12 | Calendar Activity |  October 3
Students investigate the website of a past Poet Laureate's project and use it as a model to celebrate poetry that appeals most to them.