While some students (and even teachers) may consider reading poetry to be like watching paint dry, it doesn’t have to be! Caitlin and Jessica share a unique “Into” lesson with listeners that is sure to hook your students, preparing them for a successful and enjoyable experience with poetry.
Tune in now to hear:
- [:44] Caitlin encourages listeners to be sure and check out the last two episodes where she and Jessica discussed rethinking poetry and using a fun competition to engage students in poetry.
- [1:28] Many students may consider poetry to be a boring topic, but Caitlin suggests that with the right approach, students and teachers alike can find great enjoyment in the genre of poetry.
- [3:37] Caitlin introduces an “Into” lesson that will truly hook your students, setting them up for success with poetry.
- [4:10] Jessica explains how to set up day one of this engaging activity called “Guess Who.”
- [7:09] Day two of Guess Who allows students to get up and interact with their peers’ poems. Caitlin offers six questions you can give your students to answer as they participate:
- How does the poet use literary devices such as imagery, symbolism, and metaphor to convey the theme?
- What is the poem’s tone? How does it contribute to the overall meaning of the stanza?
- How does the poet use language and word choice to create a specific effect or tone?
- How does the poet use imagery and symbolism to reveal deeper meanings?
- What is the poet’s attitude toward the subject and how is it conveyed in the poem?
- Guess who: student poet or published poet?
- [9:14] Jessica offers some advice on adapting this activity for a large class and your students’ individual needs.
- [10:27] Finally, Caitlin and Jessica summarize how this Guess Who activity allows your students to investigate many elements of poetry while interacting with both their peers’ writing and works of published poets.
- [12:45] Caitlin introduces next week’s podcast topic: Two Voice Poetry. Don’t miss this final poetry episode that will prepare you for a successful Poetry Month in April!
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