Lesson Plan

Take poetry re-tells to a whole new level

Students will make their favorite poems come alive with technology
Rae F.
Technology coordinator
Del Norte County Office of Education
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Science

Students will be able to:

Refer to parts of poems when speaking about a text, using terms such as stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.5

Read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.10)

Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7)

English Language Arts
Grades 3 – 5
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1 Hook

Activity: Presenting

Display a poem for the class and ask them to read it to themselves.  Next, the teacher reads a favorite poem to the class.  Discuss with students the types of images that came to mind as they listened to the poem. Ask students what the difference was between reading the poem to themsleves and hearing it read aloud.  

Explain how literature can come alive when presneted in meaningful ways.  Explain that they will be taking a favorite poem and creating a presentation to bring the poem alive for others.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Creating

Show student how to use the Tellagami app to record a video.  Demonstrate that text can be typed or voice can be recorded and the avatar will say this in the video.  Also demonstrate the drawing tools and backgrounds that can be chosen to enhance the video.

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Creating

Have students create a practice video by recording a simple poem the teacher has selected.  Have student use botht the typing and vocie record features.  Have them practice with changing backgrounds to change the mood of the poem. You can also show students how to use Doodle Buddy to create their own custom backgrounds that can be saved to the camera roll and imported to Tellagami.

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Drawing

Have students select a poem and create a custom background using Doodle Buddy. Save the Doodle to the camera roll and then import to Tellagami.  Next, have students record their voice reciting the poem.  Save the finished video to the camera roll.  Then upload to an LMS or share with the teacher.

5 Wrap-Up

Free to try, Paid

Have students blog about the Tellagami project.  Have them explain why they chose the background and artwork for their video and how it relates to the poem.  Also, have them select their favorite stanza or line from the poem and explain why it was their favorite.