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Poetry Plus! Creating 21st Century Poems with Web Tools

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Poetry Plus! Creating 21st Century Poems with Web Tools

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time Animoto digital poem creation = two 40-minute sessions
Poetry Slam = one 60-minute session
Skyping with poet(s) = one 30–60-minute session (optional)
Lesson Author

Stephanie Laird, M.Ed. Curriculum and Instructional Technology


International Literacy Association



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As technology becomes more prevalent in classrooms, students are expected to utilize technological tools to facilitate and apply their learning. In this lesson, students turn their original poetry into digital form using Animoto and share it with other classes or even with published poets during a Google+ Hangout or Skype session. You can use this minilesson to jumpstart a poetry unit, as a culminating event, or as a periodic occurrence to expose students to a variety of poetic forms. Note: Students must have an original poem to use to complete this lesson.

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  • Animoto: Using the free, six-month teacher edition, your students can use their unique login and Animoto’s easy-to-use templates to transform their original poetry into a digital creation.

  • Google+ Hangout: Using your free Google Apps for Education (GAFE) account, you can conduct a “hangout” with classes around your town, your state, or the country during which your students can share original poetry with a broader audience and get feedback in a real-world setting.

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Coskie, T. L., & Hornof, M. (2013). E-BEST principles: Infusing technology into the writing workshop. The Reading Teacher, 67(1), 54–58.

  • Integrating technology into writing motivates students.

  • Technology is meant to be used to enhance writing.

  • Using text, images, and sound allows the writer to interact and collaborate with the reader.

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