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Poetry Unit Presentation

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Heather Lucas

on 5 February 2012

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POETRY DISSECTION 101: A Gutsy Approach to Teaching Poetry Context Goals Traditional Dissection of Poetry The Challenge: My Solution: Supplemental Activities Results Why This Unit? My Growth as an Educator What did I learn? Future Implications RAW classroom Students Understanding of Poetry Get Excited about Poetry Take Dissection to a Literal Level Skeleton Organs Life Force/Soul Poem Creatures Examples of Poetry Student Testimonials Challenges Reading and Writing
Additional English class Diverse Population
Varied Reading Levels (SRI)
Opinions on Poetry What do you think
when you hear the word
"Poetry? Old Boring Express yourself Emotions Boring Boring Romantic Metaphors That one guy from England Define Poetry Write Poetry "You have to learn the rules
before you can break them" Each student picked a song that was meaningful to them Songs as Poetry Benefits: Identified with song

Time saved

Consistent context for poetry components Students chose an adjective and an animal to represent their song Example: "Passion" by Blackalicious

A Fierce Eagle Form or Structure
of the poem
The "bones" that hold the poem together Ex:
Lines
Stanzas
Poem Type Content and Language
The "organs" and "heart" that keep the poem alive Ex:
Imagery
Rhyme
Word Play The deeper meaning or substance of a poem Ex:
Interpretations Onomatopoeia Honda Commercial Rhythm Poetry in German "Heartbeat of a Poem" Word Choice How to use a thesaurus
(And how not to) Simile and Metaphor Good and Bad examples of both "Friends" clip We can study a poem (or animal) We can analyze it down to its smallest pieces But the best part of poetry is experiencing it
Writing it
Reading it
Finding something meaningful for us Big words are like spices
You can "spice up" your writing
But too many and it's overpowering Started with more structured poems
Eventually made way for more freeform poems What is a Poem, Exactly? "The poetry unit was probably my favorite." "I really liked drawing the poem animal the best." "Poems aren't as boring as I thought." "I wish the poetry unit was longer" Multiple Intelligences Various Student Needs Time Factor Think and Test First! Flexibility Creativity and Ingenuity Similar concepts
More refinement Author's Meaning

(How do we know?) Slam Poetry Finding Meaning Valuable to YOU

I was able to challenge the traditional methods of teaching poetry that I am more familiar with, and use their weaknesses as strengths—newly opened opportunities to inspire knowledge and excitement about poetry where before there may have been a tiredness or monotony.
Furthermore, by allowing students to choose their own poems, and by introducing a wide range of poetry from different cultures, this unit gives more variety in the voice of education.


This lesson recognizes the multiple senses evoked when reading poetry, and as such encourages students to engage their own senses when reading and appreciating poetry. By thoroughly examining what devices poetry harbors within a poem to create a sensory experience, students will have multiple ways of receiving information from the meaning or imagery in any given poem.

This unit allowed me to employ a variety of techniques that cater to multiple intelligences, as well as learning needs and styles. By using various materials as well as technologies, students had an all-encompassing learning experience with poetry, and therefore gained a deeper understanding overall. STANDARD 10: EMPLOYS VARIED INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES STANDARD 7: UNDERSTANDS AND ADAPTS TO MULTIPLE FORMS OF COMMUNICATION STANDARD 3: DEMONSTRATES SOPHISTICATED CURRICULAR KNOWLEDGE
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