Unit of Study: ___________Poetry: Session 1_____________________ Date: _______________________ Title of Minilesson: _________Immersion: Poetry hides in places, people, things, and events_____________________ Intention: ____________Identifying topics/ideas that poets write about_____________ Connection: For this unit, we are going to be studying and writing poetry. Poetry is about looking at the world with fresh new eyes. We are going to spend some time reading poetry, looking at poetry and how it’s written, and writing some poems of our own. We’re going to start by reading a poem together and looking at where poets get ideas. Teaching: Today, we are going to look at where poets get their ideas by looking at this poem by Naomi Shihab Nye. It’s called a “Valentine for Ernest Mann”, and it’s about how a man tries to look for a valentine for his wife. I just want to show you this one part where she talks about where poetry hides. (Display the following part in the poem) So I’ll tell you a secret instead: poems hide. In the bottom of our shoes, they are sleeping. They are the shadows drifting across our ceilings the moment before we wake up. What we have to do is live in a way that lets us find them. Read the poem to the kids. I want to show you this because a poet or writer always starts with an idea. I think Naomi Shihab Nye gives us some good advice about where ideas come from. Active Engagement: Do you see the part where she says, “poems hide…in the bottom of your shoes.” I think she is trying to say that poems come from all the places where your feet take you. It could be an important place, a special place, or maybe even a place you go to all the time. - Start a chart that says, “Where Does Poetry Hide?”, and put important/special places on the chart Turn and talk to someone next to you, read the poem again to yourself, and think of where else Naomi says we should look for ideas. (After a few minutes, have them share and add the ideas to the chart. Some examples are things, dreams/hopes, people, everyday objects, etc.). Link: Today, I’m going to ask you to go back and explore all the poetry books that I pulled out for you. While you are looking at the poems, I want you to notice what poems are your favorites and tab it with your name on it. I also want you to identify other places where poetry hides besides the ones we mentioned. Share: Have the students come back and share a favorite poem with a friend/partner. Also, spend some time adding on to the chart with some more ideas that students collected.
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