1. Students should be given a brief overview of the lesson. Tell students that they will begin an interactive poetry study tomorrow. Explain that poetry is important literature and that it does not always have to rhyme. Successful poetry delivers a message, either concretely or abstractly. Read two of your favorite poems to the students. Explain why they are special to you. Ask students to express their feelings about the two poems.
2. Give each student 2 pieces of construction paper and 10 sheets of notebook paper. Students should make a book by stapling the notebook paper between the two sheets of construction paper. I normally put three staples on the left side of the packet.
3. Tell students to put the words "Poetry Packet" on the front of the packet. Then, allow them to decorate it. The decorating part of this lesson should take no longer than 7 minutes.
4. Tell students to number each piece of notebook paper in the upper left-hand corner.
5. The teacher should take the students to the library or computer lab tomorrow. Go over rules and procedures for the library or computer lab visit.
Before school...This is very important!
1. Go to the library or computer lab and load the interactive PowerPoint to every computer. This should be ready to go once the students arrive.
2. Once students arrive, take them to the library or computer lab. Explain that they will need to read each slide carefully and follow the directions. There will be specific information to put on each page of the poetry packet. Circulate around the room to monitor the students' progress. Answer questions as needed.
*Tip - Tell students to hold down the Ctrl key on the keyboard when they click the links within the PowerPoint. This will open the links in a different window. In doing this, the students can easily toggle back and forth between the PowerPoint and the websites.
1. Students should finish the interactive PowerPoint today. When finished, they should write a 2-3 paragraph reflection on the project. This should be done on page 10 of the poetry packet.
2. They should focus on the following questions: What did I learn? Why is poetry an important part of literature? What are the aspects of a good poem?
3. Pass out the poetry study guide to the students. Tell them they will be assessed in 2 days on everything in the student guide and that they will have to compose 3 different types of poetry.
4. Assess the students in 3 days.