Lesson Plan

Illustrating Poetry through Images & 3D Models

Students will create an image using WordSwag and a 3D model of a poem after using textual evidence to find the big ideas & theme of the poem.
Melissa K.
Classroom teacher
Garnet Valley Middle School
Glen Mills, United States
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My Grades 7
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to use reading strategies such as text rendering to determine the big idea(s) and theme of a poem read independently. Students will be able to create an image using WordSwag and a 3D model using given materials to represent the big idea(s) and theme of the poem. 

English Language Arts
Grades 6 – 8
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1 Hook

Activity: Conversing

Show a Word Swag & 3D Model created by teacher and ask students to discuss what big idea(s) it could represent. Then, show students the poem used to create the image and the 3D model. Explain to students that they will be creating the same displays with a poem of their choice. 

2 Direct Instruction

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Model text rendering reading strategy to determine big idea(s)/theme of a shared poem using Google Slides/Nearpod Presentation. Teacher should model the use of WordSwag for the image creation and explain materials that can be used for the 3D model creation, both which should be created based on the big idea(s)/theme of a poem.

3 Guided Practice

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Have students work collaboratively & independently to practice the text rendering reading strategy to determine big idea(s)/theme of a shared poem using Google Slides/Nearpod Presentation. 

4 Independent Practice

Provide a selection of poems and have students choose a poem to independently text render and determine big idea(s)/theme of their individual poems. Students should then use WordSwag to represent the big idea(s)/theme and then create a 3D model with provided materials to represent the big idea(s)/theme of their poems. 

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Presenting

Students will complete written portion of the project with an explanation and description of the image and model of poetry. To present, students will complete a gallery walk to view work of their classmates.