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  1. 1. Self Portrait Poetry Anthologies A Fourth Grade Unit Integrating Literacy and the Arts -Miriam Morrison, Maureen Devlin -Wayland Public Schools - 2010
  2. 2. Unit Design Template Title: Creating a Self-Portrait Poetry Anthology Subject: English/Language Arts and Social Competency Grade: 4 Unit of Study: Poetry Theme: Finding yourself in Poetry/Literature Timeframe: First 6 weeks of school Essential Question(s): How do you find yourself in poem (or any text)? Unit Question(s) (optional): What is a poem? How do you read a poem? How do you comprehend a poem? How do you copy a poem? How do you share a poem? How do poets find ideas? How do poets write poems?
  3. 3. Background Information: Georgia Heard presented a two day poetry institute for the teachers in our district this summer. We were inspired to do more poetry in our classrooms. The self portrait anthology will be a productive way to build relationships with the children in our class, help foster a healthy classroom community, and introduce the important genre of poetry. We have 24 students in our classroom, including many children with special needs. We each have a teaching assistant in our classroom full time, and we receive daily support from a special educator. Prior to the unit teaching, teachers will create their own self-portrait poetry anthology. This anthology will reflect the teacher as her “10-year old self.” The teacher will utilize her chosen poems as the mentor texts for the unit.
  4. 4. Learning Goals: Students will discover what is a poem? Students will learn how to read a poem Students will learn how to comprehend a poem? Students will learn how to copy poem? How do you share a poem? How do poets find ideas? How do poets write poems? Learning Standards: Curriculum Topics: Literacy Frameworks: • Standard 14: Poetry Students will identify, analyze, and apply knowledge of the themes, structure, and elements of poetry and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding • Standard 15: Style and Language Students will identify and analyze how an author’s words appeal to the senses, create imagery, suggest mood, and set tone, and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding. • Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: 7.9 Read grade appropriate imaginative/literary and informational/expository text with comprehension • 7.10 Read aloud grade appropriate imaginative/literary and informational/expository text fluently, accurately and with comprehension, using appropriate timing, change in voice, and expression.
  5. 5. Aspirations Belonging: Feeling like you are an important part of a group, while knowing you are special for who you are. Sense of Accomplishment: Being recognized for many different types of success, including hard work and being a good person. Fun and Excitement: Enjoying what you are doing--whether at work, school, or play. Leadership and Responsibility: Making your own decisions and accepting responsibility for those choices. Confidence to Take Action: Setting goals and taking the steps you need to reach them.
  6. 6. Habits of Mind: Develop Craft: learning to use tools and materials. Learning the practices of an art form. Engage and Persist: Learning to take up subjects of personal interest and importance within the art world. Learning to develop focus and other ways of thinking helpful to working and persevering at art tasks. Envision: Learning to picture mentally what cannot be directly observed, heard or written and to imagine possible next steps in making a piece. Express: Learning to create works that convey an idea, feeling or personal meaning. Observe: Learning to attend to visual, audible, and written contexts more closely than ordinary “looking” requires; learning to notice things that otherwise might not be might not be noticed. Reflect: Learning to think and talk with others about one’s work and the process of making it. Learning to judge one’s own and others’ work and processes in relation to the standards of the field. Stretch and Explore: Learning to reach beyond one’s supposed limitations, to explore playfully without a preconceived plan and to embrace the opportunity to learn from mistakes and accidents.
  7. 7. Performance Task – Culminating Task Students share a poem of their choice from their Self-Portrait Anthology through one or more of the arts: dance, music, drama, or one of the visual arts. Instructional Strategies/Procedures Each Lesson uses following structure: Focus lesson : teacher modeling, mentor text, guided practice Independent work: Sometimes this is done in pairs or groups Group share: For purposes of closure, celebrating student work and reinforcing key concepts: Specific Lessons: 1. Finding yourself in a poem 2. Copying a poem 3. How to read a poem 4. Understanding a poem 5. How to share a poem through an art medium
  8. 8. Rubric
  9. 9. Vocabulary: poem, poetry, metaphor, simile, image, rhythm, rhyme, stanza, line break, repetition, pattern, music, sensory image, imagery, title, autho,r white space, shape, reflection, visualization, alliteration, the arts, multi- media composition Materials: • Published works of poetry to serve as mentor texts. • Notebook for each student. • Sticky notes. • Drama materials: masks, costumes, pieces of fabric, scarves. • Visual Arts Materials: paper, cardboard, markers, paints, magazines for cut-outs, colored paper, recycled materials. • Technology/Music/Dance: iPods, computers, space for practice, headphones • Document camera, chart paper/ • Easels • Materials for book (included in slide show)
  10. 10. Differentiated Learning Considerations: preassesment, center choices: music, dance, visual arts, technology, drama opportunity to word process poems. presentation choice Multiple Intelligences: • language: rhythm, rhyme, reading book collection, song, music, word wall, book collection • kinesthetic: dance, drama, song • visual: visual arts, charts, writer’ books, art materials, word wall, technology including Youtube, slide shows and Garage Band, collection of “inspirational” objects, personalized (images, words) poetry/song book covers Accommodations: texts with a range of readability levels, formats and print size. texts with a range of topics, interest areas. availability of technology inclusion of therapists and special educators for instructional suppor tvariety of learning spaces available in the classroom: desks, tables, “private offices,” floor space, computers, use of iPods or voice thread scribes Unit Author Names: Miram Morrison, Maureen Devlin School:Happy Hollow, Wayland, MA Date:September-October, 2010                                                                   © Copyright 2010
  11. 11. Project Outline • What is Poetry? • Poetry, Parts of Speech and Writer’s Craft • Finding Yourself in Poetry • Creating Self-Portrait Poetry Anthologies • Poetry Performances
  12. 12. Poetry, Parts of Speech and Writer’s Craft • Poets Choose the Best Words: Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs • Poets craft poems: simile, metaphor, alliteration, rhyming patterns, • Poets have a “license” to write in ways different than the typical writer: upside down, shapes, made-up words,
  13. 13. Examples of Activities Related to Parts of Speech and Writer’s Craft Dream Catchers Author unknown An ancient Chippewa tradition The dream net has been made For many generations Where spirit dreams have played. Hung above the cradle board, Or in the lodge up high, The dream net catches bad dreams, While good dreams slip on by. Bad dreams become entangled Among the sinew thread. Good dreams slip through the center hole, While you dream upon your bed. This is an ancient legend, Since dreams will never cease, Hang this dream net above your bed, Dream on, and be at peace. Homework Assignment: Complete the poem analysis. .“Dream Catchers” is a poem that has ____ lines and _____ stanzas. The rhyming pattern in the poem is __ __ __ ___. Some rhyming word pairs in the poem are ____ + ____, ____ + _____ and ____ + _____.Use a dictionary or thesaurus (online or offline to find synonyms for the following words. Remember that a synonym is a word that has the same meaning. lodge_________________catches ________________entangled _____________cease ________________ Bonus: What is sinew? (try Googing it)_________________________________________________________
  14. 14. Finding Yourself In Poetry • Classroom Poetry Collections • Teacher Modeling • NING Discussion • Poetry Books (note each of these can be a page with examples and/or photos)
  15. 15. Classroom Poetry Collections
  16. 16. Teacher Modeling • Teacher shares his/her self-portrait poetry anthology. • Teacher thinks aloud as he/she reflects on a poem and completes a poetry task. • Teacher provides many models of creative projects and continues to “think aloud” as he/she “plans” the presentation.
  17. 17. Teacher Reflection: The poem, “Frog,” speaks to me because it reminds me of a walk I took at Garden in the Woods. Worth's words, “When he leaps like a stone/Thrown into the pond,” remind me of what happened. I didn't see any frogs at all, and then I saw a frog leaping. I noticed “Water rings spread/After him” as Worth writes and when I looked closer I noticed that the frog was green “With a luster (shine)/Of water on his skin,” just as Valerie Worth describes. Frog  by Valerie Worth The spotted frog Sits quite still On a wet stone; He is green With a luster Of water on his skin; His back is mossy With spots, and green Like moss on a stone; His gold-circled eyes Stare hard Like bright metal rings, When he leaps He is like a stone Thrown into the pond; Water rings spread After him, bright circles Of green, circles of gold. Mark the poem in the following ways using pencil. Underline the verbs. Circle the adjectives. Place an * next to the similes. Draw a rectangle around the nouns. Draw a triangle around the adverbs. Write a + on top of words that have alliteration. Note that a simile is a comparison of two unlike objects or ideas using the words “like” or “as.” For example in the sentence, The pillow was like a cloud, the author uses a simile to compare a pillow to a cloud – that's a simile.
  18. 18. How do you “find yourself” in a poem? Student/Teacher Social Network Comments Comment by Henry “First I think of fun things I like to do or see or I enjoy doing. Then I search for those things in the title of the poem. So far that has worked for me because I have some funny and interesting poems that have to do with me. Comment by Daniel on October 6, 2010 at 7:28am “I try to find funny poems that either make me laugh or makes other people laugh.” Comment by Jack on October 4, 2010 at 4:58pm “I read the titles to find funny words or words about nature.” Comment by A LaClaire on October 4, 2010 at 7:12am “ Choose a book and keep reading until you find a poem that your interested in or you could find a poem in the table of contents if the book has one. Then read the poem.” Comment by Comment by Anika on October 1, 2010 at 8:17pm “I just open to a random page and start reading eventually I find one I like. “
  19. 19. Poetry Books
  21. 21. Poetry Projects Performance Planning Sheet – Project Due 10/15 Name _________________________ # ____ Title of Poem Chosen for Presentation: _______________________________ Author: __________________________ 1. Check-off the type(s) of project you intend to do: multi-media (technology):Google presentation ____KidPix Slide Show ____Animoto Film _____ Google doc ____Photo Booth___Other? ______ visual arts ____musical – song ___ musical _____instrumental ____acting ___dance ____ 2. Check off how and when do you plan to memorize your poem or do you plan to tape it? Memorize with a friend ____ Memorize by yourself ____ Tape it using Google docs ____ Tape it using Photo Booth ____ Tape it using KidPix ____ Tape it using a tape recorder or iPod ____ Memorize at home ___ Memorize at school ____ Tape it at school ___ Tape it at home _____ 3. Plan your visual project Make a list of the supplies you will need on the back. Draw a picture of how your final project on the back of the page. 4. Get started working on your project which is due 10/15. Write any additional steps that you'll have to do below. 5. Write the explanation of how you planned, created, practiced and completed the project. Practice reading this explanation at home and in school. Be prepared to read it to the class. I chose to do a ________________________ creative project because ____________________________________. I planned the project by ______________,________________, and ______________________. I practiced the presentation by____________________________ and ______________________________. 6. List any questions you have for a teacher or parent as you work on the project. Ask the questions to the adult when you have the chance.  
  22. 22. Poetry Projects Poetry Creative Projects Menu Every project must include the following: • Taped or oral recitation of poem including title and author name. • Explanation of how the poem “speaks to you” or “reflects” you. • Explanation of how you created, planned for, and practiced your performance. • A performance that includes one or more of the arts below. 1. Visual Arts Presentation: painting, drawing, poster, sculpture, or other visual arts presentation. 2. Dance Performance: dance that matches the poem wearing a costume that helps to portray the poem too. 3. Acting Performance: acting out the poem with actions and a costume . 4. Musical Performance: song or instrumental performance that matches the poem. 5. Multi-Media Composition*: multi-media presentation of the poem using technology. *There are many venues available for the technology presentation including the following: • Animoto • Google Docs • Power Point • GarageBand • iMovie • VoiceThread • KidPix
  23. 23. Example of Visual Arts Performance of Poetry
  24. 24. Exemplars of Poetry Performance Music, Acting, Speaking, Video • Video Poetry (animoto) • Games – http://techadvantagewayland.ning.com/video/alliteration-game • Songs – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaIpdMZN3E0&feature=player_embedded – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47LROIv_Vto&feature=player_embedded • Examples of Poetry Recitations– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0KsM_g0Jw4&feature=player_embedded – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucM0NhUUHEM&feature=player_embedded – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAb_ibzgTjY&feature=player_embedded – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxDsJ4Cre2A&feature=player_embedded • Arthur Video: I’m a Poet 1 & 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZA4jyVXi7o&feature=player_embedded – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jllw_m2tjX0&feature=player_embedded
  25. 25. Student Examples Poetry Performances • Henry’s Animoto Poetry Film: http://techadvantagewayland.ning.com/video/doughnuts-by-unknown-film
  26. 26. Poetry Animation http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/teamfifteen/1352607
  27. 27. Poetry Posters
  28. 28. Poetry Podcasts http://teacherweb.com/MA/HappyHollowElementary/MsDevlin/Anikas-Project.m4a
  29. 29. KidPix Slideshows
  30. 30. Poetry Performances
  31. 31. Poetry Recitation
  32. 32. Poetry Illustration
  33. 33. Assessment- Creative Project Grade Sheet Note: A “grading sheet” can sometimes serve as a better performance assessment and planner than a rubric for grade four students. Creative Project Grade Sheet Name: _____________________________________________________________ #________ Creative Project Type: Technology: ______________________________________________ Visual: ____________________________________________________ Musical: __________________________________________________ Drama: ___________________________________________________ Dance: ____________________________________________________ The creative project illustrated the poem in a thoughtful way (30 points) The poem was recited accurately: (30 points) stopping at each line break pausing between stanzas using expression that matches the poem clearly spoken loud enough for everyone to hear An explanation was presented explaining how the poem chosen “speaks to the student.” (10 points) The overall presentation demonstrates planning, practice and a positive attitude. (30 points) Score/Comments Creative Project _______ Recitation ________ Explanation _________ Overall Presentation __________ Total Score: ___________
  34. 34. Student Reflections