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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


Materials and Technology






  • Computer(s) with Internet access

  • LCD projector and screen

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  1. Visit Skype in the Classroom, set up an account, and search for poets willing to Skype with classrooms.

  2. Via Skype in the Classroom or other social media avenues, locate classes to participate in the Google+ Hangouts poetry slam. Decide how many sessions (i.e., 1 or 2) you need based on how many students are sharing poetry. You should also determine the order for sharing poetry (i.e., round robin, one entire classroom sharing before moving on to the next, and so on).

  3. Visit Animoto, create a teacher account, and register for a six-month free subscription code. Students need to use this code when they sign up to create their digital poem.

  4. Print a copy of the Animoto Directions, the Digital Poetry Self-Evaluation Rubric, and the Poetry Slam Rubric for each student. Print the Digital Poetry Teacher Evaluation Rubric for yourself; you’ll need it to evaluate each student’s performance.

  5. Activate Google+ on your Google Apps for Education (GAFE) account.

  6. In Google Drive, create an electronic version of the Poetry Slam rubric for each student.

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