Best Practice/Strategy


Introduction to Poetry



Grade Levels

3rd Grade , 4th Grade , 5th Grade , 6th Grade , 7th Grade , 8th Grade



Description

Introduction to reading poetry for meaning, mood and tone of the poet. Understanding poetry is related to working as a detective on a crime scene. Students are asked to discuss the key elements to solving a crime on a "detective" show including, who, what, where, when, why and how it is solved. Examples of key questions:

  • " Who enjoys these types of shows and/or books?"
  • " What are the different ways that the people, detectives solve crimes?"
  • "What do the detectives do at the crime scence?"
  • "Why are there so many of these types of show on TV?"
  • "What is so great about them?"
  • "Are they every frustrating? What about when you to to wait for the end"
Students are then exposed to the relationship between solving a crime and reading a poem. Including the concept that reading poetry is more difficult than reading a book. Poetry has to be read more than once to understand it. Students are also given the Parts of a poem: A Poem has:
  1. A subject ( Main Idea)
  2. An audience ( Reader or Listener)
  3. Specifics ( Details, images, meaningful words)
  4. Design
    • Shape
    • Style
    • Word Choice
  5. Work, time and Effort put into it.


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