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A Race With Grace: Sports Poetry in Motion

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A Race With Grace: Sports Poetry in Motion

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Maureen Carroll

Pleasanton, California


International Literacy Association



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Can athletes' moves be described as beautiful? How are grace, beauty, and aesthetics expressed through movement? These and many other questions will provide the framework for students' exploration of poetry in motion of athletes who participate in a variety of sports. Examining examples from their own experiences and from popular media, students learn about the aesthetic elements of athletics. After viewing images of various athletes, students create a class word wall with adjectives that describe movement. Students then write in reflective journals, view and interpret media, conduct Internet research, take digital photographs, and create original poems. As a culminating activity, the teacher presents students' poetry to the class in a multimedia presentation.

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Doodle Splash: Students can use this interactive site to create illustrations to accompany the poems that they write.

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Carroll, M. (2004). Cartwheels on the keyboard: Computer-based literacy instruction in an elementary classroom. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

  • Computers are tools for meaning making that should be integrated into the literacy curriculum, not added to it.

  • It is important to teach students the strategies they will need to know to work with the Internet, and it is equally important to teach students how to work together effectively to share knowledge as they construct meaning.


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