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Talking Poetry with Blabberize

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Talking Poetry with Blabberize

Grades 4 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Seven 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kathy Wickline

Kathy Wickline

Tolono, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Overview

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From Theory to Practice

 

OVERVIEW

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.

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FEATURED RESOURCES

  • Blabberize:  Students will use this online web tool to record their poems, upload a picture, and add a mouth to that picture.

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FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE

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.

Further Reading

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.

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