People often write about what they know best, and in many cases, writers give us insight into their own worlds through their poetry.This lesson aims to have students use questioning to explore the theme of identity in poetry.Fair warning: My process will not appeal to many of you. ) This is not a let’s-see-where-the-characters-take-me method. Rising Action, wherein protagonist faces a change of plans: 15% (5,550 words);3. Then I go back in and flesh out out where the action and conversations take place, what the time of day is, what the weather is like, what people are wearing–ideally making the setting and details significant to the action and characters. The word count is about half what the finished product will be because there is still much to be explored and added, but because the initial framework is in the right proportions, future drafts will grow within that well-paced frame. But, you see, once the story is trapped on the page, it isn’t going anywhere. She is represented by Jacqueline Flynn of Joelle Delbourgo Associates.And you’ll notice I’m not going to say anything about artistry, or the wonder of crafting a beautiful sentence. Progress, wherein protagonist works toward his/her goal and things go well: 25% (9,375 words);4. I don’t necessarily do this in a chronological way, but rather hop around within the draft–writing the parts I feel inspired to tackle at that particular moment, thus avoiding the dreaded “writer’s block.”If I get to some detail I have to research, I don’t stop writing to do it. The @ sign doesn’t show up in your typical narration so they’re easy to do a Search for later. Of course, I WOULD NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS SHOW THIS DRAFT TO ANYONE! She is the author of the LIES BENEATH trilogy (Random House/Delacorte Press), GIRL LAST SEEN (co-author/ Albert Whitman & Co.), and COLD HARD TRUTH (Albert Whitman, April 2018).In groups of three, students will select, prepare, and perform one poem each.Their scores will then be tallied with their teammates.In the spirit of fun and as a new way of introducing elements of our recitation contest, younger students will be able to hone recitation skills, work together, and perform for their peers.
Although phonological awareness is important for early reading comprehension, other skills are equally important as students develop their reading abilities.Lesson One: Divide the students into groups of 4, and give each group a poem written by Byron, and a poem written by Percy Bysshe or Mary Shelley.Have the students read over both poems and discuss, with each other, which poem is better. This is an introduction to “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe through recitation and drama.There is an option to use ipads or other technology to facilitate this step. Students will be introduced to acrostic poems in this lesson, as a way to ease them into poetry writing.Each group is expected to generate written definitions of the relevant words to share with all students. The thought of writing poetry tends to intimidate some students.