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SUBJECT
Writing, Language Arts

GRADE
6-8

DURATION
2 Days

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Using Poetry to Explore Change and Belonging

Here is a sampling of the collections of poetry that students browse as part of this unit.<br />
Here is a sampling of the collections of poetry that students browse as part of this unit.

Growth can not occur without change. Growing up is not always easy, but a sense of belonging makes change less scary. Some people feel they belong to a place. Others feel at home in groups. Students will read poems that pertain to change and growth and think about their own sense of belonging.

OBJECTIVE

Students will:

  1. Understand and appreciate poetry
  2. Understand the following literary terms: form, sound, imagery, figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification)
  3. Recognize the distinguishing features of poetry

LESSONS FOR THIS UNIT
Lesson 1: Strategies to Read and Analyze Poetry
Lesson 2: Change
Lesson 3: Spice Up Your Poetry with Figurative Language

REPRODUCIBLES
Figurative Language Graphic Organizer (PDF)
Inference Graphic Organizer (PDF)
Reading Strategies for Poetry (PDF)
Evaluation Questions for Poetry (PDF)

CULMINATING ACTIVITY

Students will brainstorm one of their familiar experiences from growing up. They will write a poem describing that experience. The poem must be descriptive with example (s) of: simile, metaphor, rhyme, personification, etc. Students will create an illustration, drawing, or collage for their poem. Students will also research The Poetry in Motion program -developed by the Poetry Society of America and the MTA New York City Transit in 1192 to make the experience of using public transportation more pleasurable. The program places poetry generally written by recognized and published authors on colorful posters in subway cars and buses. The class will create their own "Classroom in Motion" program, and display their poems and illustrations in the classroom.

SUPPORTING BOOKS

Book List for Teaching Poetry to Explore Change and Belonging

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