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Talking Poetry with Blabberize
|Grades||4 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Seven 50-minute sessions|
In this lesson students are given the opportunity to be imaginative and expressive through the writing of three types of poems: acrostic, diamante, and theme. Building on their creativity, students then use Blabberize to create Blabbers of one of their poems. Sharing their Blabbers with the class and online community will make the students more excited about writing poetry as well as providing practice of technology skills.
- Blabberize: Students will use this online web tool to record their poems, upload a picture, and add a mouth to that picture.
The use of Blabberize in the classroom supports the NCTE Definition of 21st Century Literacies. According to this definition, developing technology skills is critical to becoming a literate person; therefore, exposure to online tools, such as Blabberize is a vital part of the classroom experience. Additionally, this online web 2.0 tool supports the definition which state that students should create multi-media text that can be shared globally. Likewise, Parr and Campbell, who believe poetry is an important part of curriculum because students experience the connection between reading and writing, propose that students need to opportunitie sto share their own poetry. Blabberize provides the opportunity for students to share both in and outside of the classroom.
NCTE Position Statement. NCTE Definition of 21st Century Literacies. 2008.
Parr, M., & Campbell, T. (2006). Poets in practice. The Reading Teacher, 60(1), 36–46.