Lesson Plan

Where I'm From

Creating Visual Poetry
Stephanie B.
Classroom teacher
Pinecrest Academy Charter Midd
Miami, FL
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My Grades 9
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, English Language Learning

Students will be able to..use figurative language to discuss perspective through poetry. 

English Language Arts
English Language Learning
Grades 9 - 12
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1 Read "Where I'm From" by George Lyon

Activity: Reading

The lesson begins by the students reading the poem “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon. The poem can be found here: http://www.georgeellalyon.com/where.html .  The students will go line by line discussing what they can infer from each line and what the seemingly random objects. The students will focus on the last line of the poem where Lyon states “I am from those moments/ snapped before I budded/ leaf-fall from the family tree”. They will discuss the nature of entering adulthood earlier than planned, connection and isolation play a role in creating developing an identity. Particularly they will begin to reflect on how their family’s culture and environment have helped to shape who th

2 Students Write their Own Personal Poem

Activity: Other — Writing

   Students will be given a worksheet (see attached) and asked to think about their lives. We will discuss how each of the choices that Lyon made when writing his poem were significant, small items in his life that helped to shape who he was. The students will be asked to think of significant items in their lives, things that have helped shape their memories, family beliefs that have molded the way they believe, and a description of their place within their family using figurative language. The end goal of this brainstorming session and rough draft is for students to have a better idea of where they came from and how it shaped them and how figurative language can be utilized to convey their message.

3 Visual Poem Creation

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   Students will be shown the following example video (created by me): https://animoto.com/play/gkxKXDtpOHePgtDlc1PB7Q . Students will use Animoto to animate their poetry and add images and music to help share where they are from and who they are. Students will use proper grammar and style choices in order to not distract the audience from the message being portrayed. The students should also be careful to select music that adds to the experience and does not distract. The purpose of the videos is to allow to students to express their poetry visually and to make it easier for audiences to interact with their work. The students will then create a QR code that will allow audience members to easily access their videos and will allow students to practice different ways of sharing their work.