Lesson Plan

Let's Create a Found Poem!

This app flow is based on a lesson idea found on the Teaching Channel on Creating Found Poems.
Rachelle W.
Digital Learning Specialist
Fort Settlement Middle School
Sugar Land, United States
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to...

1.  Analyze how a drama or poem's structure contributes to its meaning.

2.  Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama. 

3.  Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

English Language Arts
Grades 6 – 8
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1 Teacher Preparation

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To grasp how powerful, creating a found poem can be for students, it is helpful if the teacher watches the Teaching Channel video here: Creating Found Poems

You will also want to choose the selection students will be using for their found poems.  The lesson objectives suggest a poem or drama, but you can use prose if you like.  

2 Hook

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As a warm up, ask students: "What is a found poem"?  

Using Padlet, students can post their responses on a virtual wall for teacher to discuss or highlight.  This is a great way to see what students may already know about "found poems" and gives the teacher a great transition into where to start and where she can make connections to prior learning.

3 Direct Instruction

Activity: Presenting

Define "found poems" for students.  Explain that they are a unique way to create a poem using the passages of text and that it provides a great opportunity to dig deeper in the theme and context of the poem.

Show students some sample "found poems" and read them aloud with inflection and meaning.  Choose samples that students will be interested.

Demonstrate for students how to create a found poem using a short poem as an example.  Make sure you model: 

1.  What do you know about the poem (make note of possible themes or main ideas)

2.  Highlight words or phrases with strong emotion or vivid images?

3.  Make a list of the 10 words/phrases that really stand out to you.

4 Guided Practice

As practice, have students create a found poem based on Martin Luther King's, "I Have a Dream Speech" using the Word Mover interactive in Read Write Think's website.  

Students can shuffle words for more inspiration, they can also add and delete words if they like.

After a few minutes, have students upload the PDF version of their found poem as an assignment in the Edmodo class group.  This will make it easy for you to display some of their creations and give feedback to the whole class.

5 Independent Practice

Activity: Creating

Students will now follow the steps for Creating a Found Poem using the selection you have chosen for them. It may be easier for students to write on strips of paper to plan their poem and move things around easier if they do not have access to the Read Write Think interactive "Word Mover".  

Have students share their found poems the next class day.

6 Wrap Up

Activity: Conversing

After listening to some of the "found poems" ask students, did you discover a new theme or another meaning for the text then you had initially?  Explain your answer.  

Why did you choose the words that you chose? Explain your answer.

Were there any patterns or similar words/phrases used by others?  Why do you think that is?