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Visual Poetry Lets Students 'See' The Words

Subject: Visual Arts, Literature
Grade: 6-8, 9-12


LuAnn Kaiser, a teacher at Wausa Public School in Wausa, Nebraska, submitted this week's lesson, in which students create slides depicting visual images in a poem. Students read a favorite poem and create a Power Point slide show depicting a visual interpretation of the images in the poem.

Brief Description

Students read a favorite poem and create a Power Point slide show depicting a visual interpretation of the images in the poem.

Objectives

Students learn to visually interpret text and to create a Power Point presentation.

Keywords

Poetry, slides, imagery, language arts, Power Point, graphics

Materials Needed

Power Point or another presentation type of software; Internet access; Visual Paradox, Free Graphics, or a similar site

Lesson Plan

  • Ask each student to select a favorite poem and design ten slides that represent the images in the poem.
  • Help students use the suggested Web sites and other online resources to find images and backgrounds that fit the text of the poems.
  • Have students create a Power Point presentation, with a minimum of ten slides, using the images found as well as snippets of text. Encourage them to use animation and custom timing selections available with the program.

Assessment

Each presentation is evaluated by the teacher, by the student who created it, and by another student. A rubric, with grades of Below Average, Average, and Above Average, is used to assess each student's ability to follow directions and to use PowerPoint's various features, as well as to evaluate the presentation's visual appeal and the student's creativity.

Lesson Plan Source

LuAnn Kaiser, ([email protected]) Wausa Public School, Wausa, Nebraska,


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03/20/2000

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