Arts & Humanities
Students explore a variety of poems, find one poem they feel a particular connection to, and share that poem by reading it aloud to their classmates. Students then create videos of their readings to share with other classes.
View videos from the Favorite Poem Project.
Discuss the videos as a class, exploring what about each of the readings appealed -- or didn't appeal -- to them.
Explore poems from a variety of sources, both print and online.
Find poems they feel a particular connection to, and then share those poems by reading them aloud to their classmates.
Create videos of their favorite poems to share with other classes.
Computer(s) with Internet access
Favorite Poem Project Video Collection
A large variety of resources -- including books and Web Sites -- students can use to explore poems and choose a favorite.
Camcorder or digital video camera
This lesson is designed to help students find a connection to a poem.
Lead students through the following steps:
Show 6-10 Favorite Poem Project video segments.
Ask students to write a response to the segment that spoke to them most strongly.
Discuss what appealed to them (or what didn't appeal) in each video, what they noticed, and so on. Ask what they think makes a good reading of a poem.
Ask: "What poetry is in your head?" "Is there a poem you know well enough to recite?" Encourage students to recite any poems they know.
Invite students to find a poem they like, read it to the class, and talk about they like it. Then provide time for students to find their poems. Tell students they should:
Write out the poem legibly. (It is not sufficient to bring in a sheet printed from the Internet, or a book with a bookmark in it.)
Look up any unfamiliar words in the poem and prepare definitions.
Practice at least three times reading the poem aloud.
Think about (but do not write out) what they will say about the personal significance of the poem.
Encourage students to share their poems and speak about what in the poem drew them to it.
Have students work in pairs to create videos of their poetry readings.
Encourage students to share their videos with other classrooms, at a parent open house, or at a classroom poetry slam.
Students will be evaluated on their participation in the various activities.
Lesson Plan Source
Favorite Poem Project
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES K - 12
NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.3 Evaluation Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.5 Communication Strategies
GRADES K - 12
NT.K-12.3 Technology Productivity tools
NT.K-12.4 Technology Communications tools
NT.K-12.5 Technology Research tools