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Line Break Explorer
|Grades||3 – 8|
|Interactive Type||Writing Poetry|
|ABOUT THIS INTERACTIVE|
Learning poetry's special characteristics can help students understand, appreciate, and compose poetry. One defining characteristic of poetry is the use of line breaks to create rhythm and rhyme, suggest meaning, and produce a particular appearance. The Line Break Explorer engages children in exploring a poem (shown at left) and hypothesizing about why lines are broken where they are in poetry. Students then experiment with line breaks and how they affect rhythm, sound, meaning, appearance, and can substitute for punctuation in poetry. Their practice with line breaks can be printed out for peer and teacher feedback and discussion.
Lessons That Use This Interactive
Grades 1 – 2 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students select what they believe to be the most important word in a text that they have read and justify their choice using examples from the text.
Related Classroom & Professional Development Resources
Grades 6 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students compare the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald with the song, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” then create their own poetry about a historical event.
Grades K – 12 | Calendar Activity |  April 1
Students are assigned to be "poets of the day" and are provided several models to create, illustrate, and present their different poems to the class.