School/District Representative: Terri Sterling, Technology/Computer Coordinator

SLO Project Name:   Basic Poetry

Authored by: Louise Clute, 7th Grade ELA


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Grade Levels: 7        

Subject Areas: Reading/ELA

Learning Context:  Poetry

This lesson incorporates the standards identified NYS ELA STANDARD 2:

Students will read, write, listen, and speak for literary response and expression.

Students will read and listen to oral, written and electronically produced texts and performances, relate texts and performances to their own lives, and develop an understanding of the diverse social, historical, and cultural dimensions the texts and performances represent. As speakers and writers, students will use oral and written language for self-expression and artistic creation.

Throughout grades 7 and 8, students demonstrate the following core performance indicators in the key ideas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking:

  • Determine the meaning of unfamiliar words by using context clues, a dictionary, a glossary, and structural analysis (i.e., looking at roots, prefixes, and suffixes of words)
  • Apply corrective strategies, such as discussing with others and monitoring for misunderstandings, to assist in comprehension
  • Understand the purpose for writing; the purpose may be to explain, describe, and Write clear, concise, and varied sentences, developing a personal writing style and voice rrate, persuade, or express feelings
  • Write for an authentic purpose, including publication
  • Adapt listening strategies to different purposes and settings
  • Identify own purpose for listening
  • Use volume, tone, pitch, and rate appropriate to content and audience
  • Use visual aids to enhance the presentation

o        Performance Indicators:  

§         Students will use various methods such as videos, novels, Power Point presentations to develop poetry writing skills

§         Students will create a personal booklet of poetry based on skills obtained through classroom lessons


·         National Technology Standards for Students 7 - Technology Productivity Tools

o        Performance Indicator:

§         Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity. (Smart Board, Computers)


·         National Technology Standards for Students 7 - Technology Research Tools

o        Performance Indicator:

§         Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources. (Smart Board, Computers)

Assessments:  The assignments include reading a novel of poetry, answering comprehension questions for the novel, along with daily poetry writing lessons. At the conclusion of the unit students will have created a personal poetry booklet. The booklets include a rubric used to grade them. The final assignment is a unit test including all poetry terms and poetry interpretation incorporating the information from previous assignments. An essay including a poetry analysis is required.  This essay will be counted as a test grade.

Student Outcomes:  Mid-level student booklet and essay posted.

Procedure:    Days 1 – 3    Students view Video “How to Appreciate Poetry”(Sunburst Visual Media, School Specialty Family) to learn poetic terms.  This Power Point Presentation is shown throughout the unit for emphasis and review of poetic terms.

Each day a chapter from a book of poetry is read aloud to the students.  At chapter end, students are required to complete a 5 minute journal response, followed by class discussion. 

Daily Poetry assignments are assigned as homework.

Daily reading from Love That Dog, by Sharon Creech is assigned to students in groups of two with comprehension questions.

Instructional Modifications: Students with Special needs have extended time and shortened assignments.

Time Required: A total of  4 weeks.

Websites Referenced: 

Slide 3

Onomatopoeia examples video:  Link to Youtube Video

created by Youtube user:  Experimation


URL Modified for Link from Power Point


Slide 5

Hyperbole, Simile, Metaphor examples Video:  Link to Youtube Video created by Youtube user: Suitegrl4ever1223


Slide 7

Imagery    URL


The Outsiders by Robert Frost:   Ponyboy reciting “Stay Gold”


Modified URL for Link from Powerpoint


Slide 9 

Harry Potter Haiku


Slide 10

Love That Dog, by Sharon Creech on line reading


 Slide 11 (Closing)

Online Reading of Harlem illustrated by Christopher Myers

The Kennedy Center Storytime online

(requires RealPlayer, download available on this web site)

(file may need to be associated with Real Player to run)