Lesson Plan : Learning Poetry � Diamante Style

Teacher Name:
 Mr. J Gifford/Mr. R Paul
 Grade 7-8
 Literature Activities

 Diamante Poetry
 Using a review on nouns and adjectives, students will learn how to formulate a Diamante Poem. The focus is a literature based Activity that provides students a chance to expand their literary skills by producing a poem that encourges them to use nouns, ajectives and antonyms/synonyms.
 Goals of this lesson is to provide students with a different poetry style, and create a greater focus on the learning and development of the students literary skills by creating a structure that encourges them to use nouns, ajectives and antonym/synonym. By the end of the lesson, I hope the students have stronger understanding of the use of nouns, ajectives and antonyms/synonyms. But more importantly I want to create for them a chance to express thier own literary abilites within a differnt style of poetry.
 The objectives of this lesson is to encourge literary development in the areas of nouns, ajectives and antonyms/synonyms.
 Sample of a Diamante Poem to be written on the board.
 Diamante A Diamante is a seven-lined contrast poem set up in a diamond shape. The first line begins with a noun/subject, and second line contains two adjectives that describe the beginning noun. The third line contains three words ending in -ing relating to the noun/subject. The forth line contains two words that describe the noun/subject and two that describe the closing synonym/antonym. If using an antonym for the ending, this is where the shift should occur. In the fifth line are three more -ing words describing the ending antonym/synonym, and the sixth are two more adjectives describing the ending antonym/synonym. The last line ends with the first noun's antonym or synonym.
 To make it a bit simpler, here is a diagram. Line 1: Noun or subject Line 2: Two Adjectives describing the first noun/subect Line 3: Three -ing words describing the first noun/subect Line 4: Four words: two about the first noun/subect, two about the antonym/synonym Line 5: Three -ing words about the antonym/synonym Line 6: Two adjectives describing the antonym/synonym Line 7: Antonym/synonym for the subject
 Example #1: Rain humid, damp refreshing, dripping, splattering wet, slippery, cold, slushy sliding, melting, freezing frigid, icy Snow Example #2: Kitten cute, soft purring, clawing, pouncing playful, fur, fun, feline pawing, licking, loving bright-eyed, beautiful Cat An example is- Pencil Sharp, skinny Writing, answering, erasing Wood, lead, ink, plastic Drawing, smudging, leaking Durable, comfortable Pen
 For those students that may have problems understanding the lesson, I will provide example hand outs with details outlining the format of the poetry style and an example of a diamante itself.
Checking For Understanding:
 To check for understanding i will have the students work together in the class and create their own group diamante on the board. By asking a selection of the students the class will create an example that should provide me with clarification that they understand.
 to close up the lesson, I will have students work independly on their own poem, while leading them into what will be expected of them after their independent work and recess period.
 Visual Evaluation will occur, alone with the use of class involvement and discussion. Homework will be asigned, not for grading but to see if students have an understanding of the material.
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