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Using the Four-Square Strategy to Define and Identify Poetic Terms

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Day 1: 60 minutes
Day 2: 30 minutes
Lesson Author

Jill Woolley Stafford

Jill Woolley Stafford

Woodbridge, Virginia


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






Several poetry books

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1. Reserve an overhead projector and time in the computer lab. Bookmark "The Esquimos Have No Word for 'War'" on the computers or print out a copy for each student. You may also want to bookmark the other poetry sites listed under Resources.

2. Photocopy the Four-Square Graphic Organizer: Defining and Identifying Poetic Terms for each student and create a transparency for use on the overhead projector. Also, make copies of the Four-Square Graphic Organizer for "The Esquimos Have No Word for 'War'".

3. Ask each student to bring a poetry book to class for the next two days. Have a variety of poetry books on hand from your library/media center as well.

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