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Here’s a good back-to-school lesson involving the evaluation of poems


Language Arts  


9, 10, 11, 12  

Title – Back to School Lesson
By – Marvin Romero
Subject – Language Arts
Grade Level – 9-12

Overview: To give students an opportunity to evaluate two poems based on decisions and outcomes and to evaluate the choices they will make regarding their education in the coming year.

Objective: After the lesson, the students will complete a chart and participate in a discussion with 80 % proficiency.

Materials: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
           Choices by Nikki Giovanni
           Chart(included), pen

1. Prompt: Does making choices often mean making compromises? Why or Why Not?

2. Hand out Chart or write chart on board.

3. Have students complete the chart

4. Have students read the two poems.

5. Have each student design a question about one of the poems the read. This will be used for the brief seminar.

6. Conduct a Socratic Seminar using the student questions as commentary for discussion.
(Additional questions may be asked by the teacher to steer student thought.)

7. Present the following questions for students to answer in a timed fashion:

Can the freedom to choose be a drawback? Why?
What choice are you going to make today regarding your education and future? Why?

Each response must be a half-page in length and turned in.

Evaluation and Revision: (reserved space for educator reflection and possible changes)

Use the following question to complete the chart below:

What do you think is the most important choice you have had to make in your life thus far?

I decided to: ______________________________________________________

People or things which influenced:

Reasons I chose to do this

My decision
______________________________            _____________________________
______________________________            _____________________________
______________________________            _____________________________
______________________________            _____________________________
______________________________            _____________________________

Other Options I Had

______________________________          ______________________________

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