Unit Plan

Water/Ways: The Poetry of Science

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Water is the source of life. It appears in poetry in both peaceful and torrential descriptions; it appears in earth science in its liquid, gaseous, and solid states. Combine these interpretations of our planet's most precious and abundant resource with an innovative cross-curricular unit that focuses on famous poems centered on water.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Bring in examples of water in its different states, both physically and in videos and photographs
  • Organize a field trip to a local body of water for learners to make observations, or take a walk across campus to observe the school swimming pool for the same purpose
Classroom Considerations
  • Most lessons are designed for grades 7–12, with shortened, modified lessons supplied for grades 1–6
  • Designed in conjunction with a trip to a museum exhibit, but lessons can be adapted to work in their own context
  • An excellent way to use free verse poetry in a science class, or to use science concepts in a language arts class
  • Uses short stories, screenplays, and poetry as literature in the unit
  • Many works listed are directly referenced in the Common Core standards for reading literature
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