Lesson Plan : Introduction to Poetry

Teacher Name:
 Mr. Sipsey
 Grade 9-10
 Language Arts

  This lesson is designed to give students a basic introduction to the elements of poetry.
  The content that will be introduced and discussed in this lesson will include terms and concepts such as tone, irony, stanza, line, simile, metaphor, personification, symbolism, hyperbole, understatement, rhyme, alliteration, and onomatopoeia.
  The student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the elements of poetry.
  The students will be able to identify and define various poetic elements and terms. Through the exposure to and reading of various types of poetry, the students will be able to make connections with these elements and the poetry that we will read in class.
  To grab the class's attention, I plan on introducing the class to some poetic elements with an a cappella recitation of a rap by 2Pac Shakur. Student's will be provided a copy of the lyrics. From here, we will begin to discuss some concepts and terms that are relevant in more traditional forms of poetry.
  With the use of an anthology-type book, we will look at various poems from different authors and attempt to identify and describe the terms and concept present in the text. These exercises will be followed by reading aloud in the guided practice.
  The guided practice will be dedicated to the reciting of poems aloud and in front of the class. It is very important for students in the early high school years to worry less about the analysis and meaning of a poem and to place more of an emphasis on the sounds and rhythm. By reading aloud, students will be able to see and hear the various forms, styles, rhymes, tones and other elements of poetry.
  During the guided practice, I will be monitoring the students who seem to be struggling with the reading. It will be important to keep an eye out for students who may be struggling with the reading aloud and could be missing the important concepts that are being taught.
Checking For Understanding:
  We will go over the worksheet in class the next day and I will collect them for completeness and accuracy.
  Assessment will continue throughout the poetry unit. These poetic elements will be referred to and used with most activities we do in this unit.
  There will be homework assignments, quizzes, tests and other forms of evaluation throughout the unit. It is important for the students to remember that these poetic concepts will be used throughout the poetry unit and are necessary to learn.

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