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Is a Sentence a Poem?

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Is a Sentence a Poem?

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time 50 minutes
Lesson Author

Haley Fishburn Moore

Hopkinsville, Kentucky


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






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Venn Diagram

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.


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A Sentence as a Poem

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  • Arrange for computer access. Depending upon the resources available, students can work individually or in small groups. Alternately, you can display images using an overhead LCD projector.

  • Test the Interactive Venn Diagram (and if you choose to do the extension, the interactive Stapleless Book) on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

  • Choose a one-sentence poem by a published author for the class to read and discuss. You could feasibly work with two or three in a class period. Possibilities include the following poems:

  • Choose one or more of the online images in the Materials and Technology section to share with students, or choose images of your own. You could use photographs or illustrations that you have on hand or choose images from a free photo site such as FreeFoto. Alternately, you could allow students to search for their own image; however, be sure to explore any resources ahead of time to ensure that students will not access images which are not appropriate for your classroom.

  • Familiarize yourself with the poem and its critical acceptance so that you're prepared to discuss why the piece is a poem. You might explore such questions such as whether the poem is widely known, and how often it is taught or read.

  • View and bookmark the Wikipedia entry on the word poetry.

  • Make copies of the A Sentence as a Poem handout.

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