How to Read a Poem: “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”

Learners listen as a teacher models how to read a poem using The Negro Speaks of Rivers. They use the How to Read a Poem anchor chart to help guide their thought process on how a poem requires different reading than other text. While reading, they discuss figurative language, mood, theme, and poetic structure and then answer questions about the text.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • After modeling, have pupils take turns reading lines of the poem
Classroom Considerations
  • Installment 12 of 15 in the consecutive Grade 7 ELA Module 3, Unit 1 series
  • Uses equity sticks (for speaking) and document camera
Pros
  • Includes complete anchor chart and question answers for teacher reference
  • Offers suggestions for meeting the needs of struggling readers
Cons
  • None
Common Core