Four lessons make up a poetry unit that introduces high schoolers to spoken and written poetry. Class members also examine poems as social commentary and connect these poems to various novels and plays. A great way to incorporate poetry throughout the school year.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Organize a class or school-wide spoken word or slam poetry event to share pupils' poems
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires additional prep time to organize and copy the required materials
  • Presumes scholars will also be reading The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, A Doll's House, A Separate Peace, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Julius Caesar as part of the course
  • Each lesson includes step-by-step directions, a list of required readings, and notes about teaching strategies
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