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Latino Poetry Blog: Blogging as a Forum for Open Discussion

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Latino Poetry Blog: Blogging as a Forum for Open Discussion

Grades 8 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Six 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Tiia Kunnapas

Smyrna, Georgia


International Literacy Association



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In what way do culture, personal experiences, and history influence a poet's work? Students will answer this question as they read and discuss in an online blog a work by a Latino poet. In this multisession lesson, students choose a Latino poet and poem to analyze. Students use Internet resources to gather background information about the poet and integrate that research into an analysis of the poem's meaning, literary devices, and themes. After posting their analysis to a class blog, students then refine their writing skills as they respond meaningfully to their peers' poetry analyses. The act of blogging encourages students to think carefully about their responses and to use good writing techniques.

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  • Poetry Analysis Sheet: Students can use this worksheet to compile information for their written analysis of a Latino poem.

  • Research Tips: Use this printout to help students review the criteria they should use to vet Internet sources during the research process.

  • Blogging Instructions: Students unfamiliar with blogging can use these instructions to guide them through the process of posting their own analysis and responding to their peers.

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Williams, B.T. (2008). "Tomorrow will not be like today": Literacy and identity in a world of multiliteracies. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 51(8), 682686.

  • Technology is changing how young people read and write with words and images.

  • Today's online technologies have young people reading and writing far more than they were 20 years or even a decade ago.

  • As a consequence, students are gaining literacy experiences in issues of identity and audience that are far more complex than previous generations.


Witte, Shelbie. (2007) "That's online writing not boring school writing": Writing with blogs and the Talkback Project. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 51(2), 8286.

  • Teenagers are still reading and writing but many are doing so online.

  • Technology combined with literacy instruction is changing how literacy is taught; these skills will be necessary for our students in the 21st century.

  • A collaborative community was created through the use of technology-blogging in this case-which extended to families and soldiers overseas.

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