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A good lesson that involves making a poetry notebook
Computers & Internet, Language Arts, Art
8, 7, 6
Title – Putting Together a Poetry Notebook
By – Marna Peck
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Art, Computers / Internet
Grade Level – 6-8 grade
This project can be introduced at the beginning of an extensive poetry unit where the notebook would be the culmination of that unit. The project should include information about what you want in the notebook and in what order. It should also include minimum requirements as far as illustrations, decorations, etc.
Goal: Students will be able to recognize different types of poetry and use and recognize different poetry terms.
Objective: Students will organize their work in a creative way for oral presentation and public display.
Procedure: During the poetry unit, students should collect the following information:
1. Definitions of poetry terms such as simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, alliteration, imagery, etc.
2. Definitions of types of poetry such as ballads, sonnets, haiku, limericks, etc.
3. Samples of poetry that illustrate the poetry terms and types of poetry learned during the unit
4. Original poetry written by the students that illustrates some of the poetry terms and types of poetry learned during the unit
5. Original poetry that doesn’t restrict the students to a certain type of writing but allows them to be creative
Materials: Construction paper, markers, colored pencils, white and colored computer paper, glitter, yarn, buttons, beads, ribbon, or anything else you might want to allow the students to use to decorate their notebooks (If you do not want to deal with all the mess that comes with illustrating and decorating and you have access to a computer lab, students could complete the assignment on Microsoft Word using Word Art or Clip Art for the illustrations.)
Assessment: The poetry notebook can be scored on a rubric with a top score indicating the student has included all the required elements and has presented them in a creative way.
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