Lesson Plan

The Middle School Me

Applying literary techniques and graphic elements in writing poetry
Jennifer K.
Classroom teacher
Cameron Junior High School, Cameron, TX 76520
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After reading various examples of poetry, the learners will use effective literary techniques and graphic elements to write a poem introducing themselves to their classmates using presentation apps Glogster or Haiku Deck.

English Language Arts
Grades 5 – 8
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1 Hook

Activity: Conversing

Students will watch and discuss You Tube movie clip from "The Dead Poet's Society" (Clip 5). Discussion will focus on embarrassment and insecurity involved in writing and presenting one's thoughts and feelings.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Exploring

Most of the direct teach will have already been accomplished. Students will have had approximately four days of poetry review and instruction of new concepts. As a class, we will view several poems on Smartboard, Students will identify and discuss different forms of figurative language, examples of sensory language, imagery, and different types of graphical elements.

After review, instructor will outline poetry assignment and expectations. 

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Creating — Brainstorming and Collaboration

Students will work with partners to assist eachother in brainstorming themes for their personal poems. Students will collaborate to ensure that they each understand at least one graphical element to include and a minimum of two literary devices. 

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Creating

Students will use class notes from direct teach lessons and collaboration with partners to create a 10-15 line poem in a presentation app that represents an important aspect of who they are and includes the unit objectives (literary devices and graphic elements).

5 Wrap Up

Activity: Assessing

Students will present their orginial poems and images/photos to introduce something meaningful about themselves. Each presentation provides opportunities for the class to identify the different devices and elements and to assess their effectiveness in the poem.