Unit Plan

Pondering Poetry and Playing with Words

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First-year High school scholars explore the world of poetry with an 11-lesson unit that examines a range of poetry forms and tries their hand at crafting their own poems. Young poets then collect their work in a portfolio that they present at the end of the unit.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Hang poems from branches to create a poet tree
  • Invite family members to the Poetry Slam
Classroom Considerations
  • Although designed for high school freshman, the lesson is appropriate for all high schoolers
  • Requires access to a large collection of poetry anthologies and compilations, enough for one for each participant
  • Plan extra prep time to collect materials and copy the poems
  • The 46-page packet includes 11 detailed plans, a list of materials needed for each lesson, and copies of the poems referenced in the lessons
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