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A Race With Grace: Sports Poetry in Motion

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A Race With Grace: Sports Poetry in Motion

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Maureen Carroll

Pleasanton, California


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Computers with Internet access

  • One classroom computer with a projection screen

  • Digital or disposable cameras

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Doodle Splash

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Doodle Splash

Doodle Splash combines the process of drawing with analytical thinking by pairing online drawing with writing prompts that encourage students to make connections between their visual designs and the text.


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  1. Think about how you would like to use poetry as a resource to support your individual instructional goals. Questions to ask yourself include:

    • Do I see poetry as a way to help further students' self-expression?

    • Do I see poetry as a way to facilitate students' writing?

    • Do I value the aesthetic elements of poetry?

    • Do I see poetry as a way to enhance students' oral expression?

    • Do I see poetry as a tool to help support my literacy goals?
  2. If you do not have classroom computers with Internet access available, you will need to reserve at least two and possibly three sessions in your school's computer lab (see Sessions 2, 3, and 4). In addition, if possible, arrange to use a computer with Internet access and a projector (see Session 1).

  3. Visit and familiarize yourself with the websites listed in the Internet Resources section. (Note that to view the movies on the NCAA website, you will need to makes sure computers have QuickTime, which can be downloaded for free at http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/win.html). Bookmark these sites on the computers you will be using.

    You will be using the websites to evoke students' responses to movement and may want to jot down your own responses so you have some ideas of your own to share.

  4. When you assess students' work, it is important to focus on how well they were able to convey meaning. You can print the Sports Poetry Rubric to share with your students during Session 4. This is intended as a model, and may be modified to reflect your classroom goals. Rubrics are most helpful when they are created with your students and when students are aware of the goals, purpose, and expectations for their work.

  5. Prepare materials and space for a class word wall. You may choose to use chart paper or a blackboard.

  6. Students will be creating a collection of images and words having to do with movement (see Sessions 2 and 3). To help them, gather sports magazines and books about sports with lots of images; you might also want to save the sports section from your local newspaper for a couple of weeks. You may also choose to gather a few dictionaries and thesauri for students to use.

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