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Writing Free Verse in the "Voice" of Cesar Chavez

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Writing Free Verse in the "Voice" of Cesar Chavez

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 40- to 50-minute class sessions
Lesson Author

Dori Maria Jones

Oxnard, California


International Literacy Association


Lesson Plans

Calendar Activities


Strategy Guides



Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Talking Poetry with Blabberize

Students will be motivated to share their poetry through an online tool the features recording and animation.


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Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 31

César Chávez was born on this day in 1927.

Students work in small groups to research a civil rights leader and do a creative writing piece, followed by a short story, with their group.


Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 31

Today is Walt Whitman's birthday.

Students write and illustrate their own children's stories using the text from a Walt Whitman poem.


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Grades   5 – 12  |  Printout  |  Writing Starter

RAFT Writing Template

Students can utilize this printout to organize their writing as they learn to use the RAFT strategy. This printout enables students to clearly define their role, audience, format, and topic for writing.


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Grades   5 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Using the RAFT Writing Strategy

This strategy guide introduces the RAFT technique and offers practical ideas for using this technique to teach students to experiment with various perspectives in their writing.


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