Life Cycle Poems

 

Content Area:  Writing

 

Grade Level:  7th Grade

 

Objectives with Illinois Learning Standards

1.      Summarize and make generalizations from content and relate them to the purpose of the material (1.c.3d).

2.      Produce documents that convey a clear understanding and interpretation of ideas and information and display focus, organization, elaboration and coherence (3.B.3a).

 

Strategies/Techniques:

-Review types of poetry (this lesson would be take place after a complete lesson on poetry was taught.)

          -Tell students information on the life cycle of a caterpillar into a butterfly.

          -Explain a concrete poem.

          -Read examples of concrete poems and poems about caterpillars or butterflies

-Have students make a poem about the life cycle using the shape of a butterfly (since concrete poems are in the shape of the item they describe), but in whichever poetic form they like.

 

Materials:

          Poems on butterflies and caterpillars

 

No Author.  Children’s Poems.  Poems and Pictures Created by Children.  Retrieved November 4, 2003 from the World Wide Web:  http://www.pcis.net/hwebber/poem/kids1.htm

 

No Author.  CanTeach.  Caterpillars, Butterflies.  Retrieved November 4, 2003 from the World Wide Web:  http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems26.html

 

No Author.  Butterfly Poems.  On Change and Transformation.  Retrieved November 4, 2003 from the World Wide Web:  http://www.squarewheels.com/content2/poems.html

 

No Author.  Poems by Adults.  Butterfly Poetry.  Retrieved November 4, 2003 from the World Wide Web:  http://www.pcis.net/hwebber/poem/apoem2.html

 

No Author.  Butterfly Gardening and Butterflies Found in Pennsylvania.  There Was an Ugly Caterpillar.  Retrieved November 4, 2003 from the World Wide Web:  http://butterflyhaven.com/uglycaterpillar.htm

 

-construction paper

          -markers

          -crayons

          -pencils

          -scissors

          -cut-out butterfly and caterpillar visuals

          -books:

 

Coleman, G. (1997). Butterflies.  Milwaukee:  Gareth Stevens Publishing.

 

Janeczko, P. (2001). A Poke in the I.  Massachusetts:  Candlewick Press.

 

Livingston, M. (1991). Poem-Making: Ways to Begin Writing Poetry.   

New York:  HarperCollins Children’s Books.

 

Procedures:

 

        Anticipatory Set:

             

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Who has heard of a concrete poem? A concrete poem is a poem written in the shape of the main theme of the poem.

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Read and show examples of concrete poems.

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Can someone tell me the various types of poetry you’ve learned?

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Today we’ll be discussing the life cycle of a caterpillar to a butterfly.  Then we will be writing a poem in the shape of a butterfly or caterpillar using any form of poetry you like, as long as it is in the correct shape.

 

Development:

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Ask students to review types of poetry.

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Show students book example of poetry.

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Ask students about concrete poetry and share book.

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Go over information on the life cycle of a caterpillar into a butterfly.

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Read, pass out poem examples on butterflies.

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Tell students to get out scrap paper.

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Students should write a poem using their chosen poetic form.

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Students will trace the outline of a butterfly or caterpillar onto construction paper and cut out the shape.

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Transfer poems from scrap paper onto construction paper cut-out.

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Mount poem onto another piece of construction paper.

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Students can decorate and personalize their poems as they like.

 

 

Closure:

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Students can share their poems with the class.

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Students can list the various types of poetry they used to write their own poems.

 

Modifications/Adaptations:

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Students who may have trouble writing a poem can work in pairs to create a poem.

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Allow students to write concrete poems on another theme such as insects, chemistry, or the Civil War.

 

Extensions:

 

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Did the students:
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List types of poetry?

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List types of poetry?

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Understand concrete poetry?

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Summarize information on the life cycle?

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Write a poem in correct format?

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Make a concrete form in the accurate shape?

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Take the initiative to decorate their poems?

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Make another concrete poem in a different shape or poetic form?

 

Technology:

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Students can look up their own examples of butterfly, caterpillar, or concrete poems on the Internet.

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Power Point can be used to show actual photos of caterpillars and butterflies.

 

Assessment of Student Learning:

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It will be determined whether or not students understood the lesson by:

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Whether or not they wrote a poem in the correct form

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 Whether or not the poem was written on the life cycle of a caterpillar to a butterfly, therefore proving understanding of the information.

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