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“Odes to my (Bilingual) Classroom” is a good end of the year idea

Subject:

Language Arts  

Grades:

2, 3, 4, 5, 6  

 

Title – Odes to my Classroom
By – Maria Marrero
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects - 
Grade Level – 2-6
This is a good end of year lesson to integrate poetry into language arts. I read aloud Odes by Pablo Neruda, Odas Elementales, and Gary Soto to my Spanish bilingual students. We talk about giving compliments to objects and things. I make a template that younger students have to fill in:
Oh, my bilingual classroom
My classroom is ___________
There are ___________
I learn _____________
and speak ____________
The classroom is not so ________ as a __________
and it is not _________
but it is _________
Oh, my bilingual classroom!
For older students I talk about hyperbole, “an exaggerated compliment.”
The students write their odes in both languages.

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