Lesson 4: Instruct On Prosody; Explore Words and Phrases In Sparklers

Introduce the importance of prosody with a lesson that spotlights the free-verse poem "Sparklers" by Mark Vinz. Poetry enthusiasts begin with a discussion about using feeling and expression. They then take part in a vocal exercise that explores how words and phrases change depending on a reader's inflection. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Practice prosody by gathering a collection of free-verse poems that learners can read, using expression to convey feelings 
  • Create a bulletin board displaying the unit's focus points—for this lesson, showcase prosody, vocal qualities, and the poem
Classroom Considerations

  • The fourth lesson of 16 in a unit focused on poetry 
  • Several copies per class member are required prior to conducting the lesson 

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