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									                          Student Learning Plan
Title:                                                              Content Area/s:
Introduction to Poetry: “Poetry is the phantom script               English
telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.”
                                        – Carl Sandburg
Grade Level:              Time Frame:                               Date:
12                        180 minutes                               April 10, 2007 – April 13, 2007
12.3    The student will read and analyze the development of British literature and literature of other cultures.
12.4    The student will read and analyze a variety of informational materials, including electronic resources.
12.5    The student will read and critique a variety of poetry.
12.7    The student will develop expository and informational writings.

Related SOLs:

Technology SOLs:

Lesson Objectives:                                                  Resources (Texts & Technology):
    The student will respond to journal prompts asking                 Billy Collins reading his
      about Spring Break and the definition of poetry in                  “Introduction to Poetry” on The
      order to create a definition of “poetry” after                      Spoken Word Revolution
      contemplating Billy Collins’ “Introduction to                       accompanying CD (Track 3)
      Poetry.”                                                          “How Gas Prices Work” article
    The student will analyze an informational material                   from
      on how gas prices work and synthesize it to create                    price.htm
      a work of found poetry.                                              “Found Poetry” definition from
    The student will review poetic terms and                     
      grammatical structures.
                                                                           “Glossary of Poetic Terms” from
    The student will investigate technology reliability
      and evaluate instances of plagiarism.
    The student will comprehend expectations for                          Web Site Reliability Websites:
      poetry portfolio projects.                                  
                                                                            tm and
                                                                           Locating and Evaluating
                                                                            Resources PowerPoint

    Journal entries
    Informational materials (gas prices, technology reliability, and plagiarism)
    Found poetry
    Poetic terms
    Grammatical structures
Instructional Procedures: Include the estimated time for each activity.
(Number steps beginning with Initial Activity and ending with Closing Activity.)
     1. Initial Activity: The student will respond to the following journal prompt in one paragraph: If
        you had had unlimited resources over spring break, what would you have done and why?
        (Remember to be respectful and to keep it appropriate for the classroom.) (5 minutes)
     2. Today we will begin our unit on poetry and the Romantic Period of British literature. I would
        like you to skip a line on your journal entry and write down at least ten words that define
        “poetry.” (5 minutes)
     3. Now, we are going to listen to Billy Collins (former U.S. Poet Laureate) read his poem called
        “Introduction to Poetry” and then come up with a class definition of “poetry” with a graphic
        organizer. Make sure that you take notes because you will see this definition of poetry again.
        Throughout this unit, each day we will begin by reading one poem aloud from Collins’ website
        Poetry 180 (also April is National Poetry Month). We are doing this because poetry is written
        to be read. Some poems we will listen to the actual poet read, and others we will read aloud.
        Collins says, “Poetry reading offers a double connection: one with the poet who stands up
        from the page and delivers, and another with the audience united by a common interest.” (25
     4. One specific kind of poetry is called “found poetry”: “Found poems take existing texts and
        refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage,
        found poetry is often made from newspaper articles, street signs, graffiti, speeches, letters, or
        even other poems.” [Show example from Bridging English]
    5. Now, skipping a line, take your first journal prompt and create a found poem out of it by
       copying it as a poem. (10 minutes)
    6. We are now going to switch gears somewhat and read an informational material about how gas
       prices work. (15 minutes)
    7. Now, I want you to create found poetry from this article following the directions on the
       handout. (15 minutes)
    8. In your notes, I want you to include the following poetic terms, which will be important in
       your poetry portfolio project: poetry, meter, verse, foot, ode, elegy, sonnet, pastoral, and
       lyric. (20 minutes)

    9. Initial Activity: We will read aloud a poem from Poetry 180. Today we will review the parts of
        speech of the English language: noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, conjunction,
        preposition, and interjection. (10 minutes)
    10. We will experiment with another kind of poetry, which I think of as Mad Lib Poetry. On a
        sheet of paper, write a poem following this pattern:
                      Pronoun / Noun / Preposition / Noun
                      Pronoun / Noun / Preposition / Noun
                      Pronoun / Adjective / Verb / Noun / Preposition / Noun
                      Noun / Verb / Adverb / Conjunction / Article / Noun
                      Preposition / Pronoun / Noun               Afterward we will share. (20 minutes)
    11. We will discuss the poetry portfolio expectations. (15 minutes)
    12. The class will evaluate technology resources from and
        and to check their reliability. (20 minutes)
    13. Closing Activity: Students will discuss plagiarism and complete a worksheet identifying
        instances of plagiarism. (25 minutes)
                       Student Learning Plan
Assessment/s:                                Extension Activities/
               Journal entry                Interdisciplinary Links:
               Found poems                      Technology
               Mad-Lib poems                    Economics
               Plagiarism worksheet             Creative writing
               Class participation              Ethics

                                             Differentiation Strategies/Activities:
                                                 Non-threatening introduction to poetry
                                                 Appealing to students’ interests and students’
                                                 Reading poetry aloud

Reflection/Recommendations for Future Use:

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