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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Alliteration in Headline Poems
    Students will be introduced to the term alliteration and create a headline poem consisting of 25 words that contain at least three examples of alliteration.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Lonely as a Cloud: Using Poetry to Understand Similes
    Students identify similes in poetry and gain experience in using similes as a poetic device in their own work.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Multipurpose Poetry: Introducing Science Concepts and Increasing Fluency
    Creepy crawlers, hoppers, and fliers are the focus of this lesson in which students chorally read poems about insects and use the Internet to locate facts about their assigned insects.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Onomatopoeia: A Figurative Language Minilesson
    Clang, clash, or tinkle? Students explore the use of onomatopoeia in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Bells" before choosing their own sound words in response to specific sounds.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Plot Structure: A Literary Elements Mini-Lesson
    Students learn that the plot structure described by Freytag's Pyramid is actually quite familiar as they diagram the plots of a familiar story, a television show, and a narrative poem.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 10
    Poet Emily Dickinson was born in 1830.
    Students discuss Dickinson's poem "This Is My Letter To The World" and use it to focus on how audience affects voice.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Using the Four-Square Strategy to Define and Identify Poetic Terms
    How do poets play with language? Students will explore some answers to this question as they search through poems for examples of alliteration, assonance, simile, and rhyme.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Writing about Writing: An Extended Metaphor Assignment
    After discussing the poem "The Writer" by Richard Wilbur, students analyze their own writing habits and create an extended metaphor describing themselves as writers.