For you and for your students!
ETAI Spring Conference Leah Doryoseph March 28, 2012
quote by Plutarch
The Seven Key Components 1. Pre-Reading Activity 2. Basic Understanding 3. Analysis and Interpretation 4. Bridging Text and Context 5. Post-Reading Activity 6. Reflection 7. Summative Assessment
Pre-Reading (getting in the mood) 1. What is poetry?
2. Don’t judge a book by its cover 3. Choices 4. Self-worth 5. Discrimination 6. Immigrants and their children 7. Legacy
What is Poetry?
Reading poetry is like eating hot peppers, it sets my mouth on fire.
• • Does this poet like reading poetry or not? How can you tell?
Studying poetry is like ______
A. Your/their turn. 5 minutes
• Each one must write something!
• Read them out loud • Do they like to study poetry? Why? Why not?
B. What do they expect next?
Tell them you are going to read a poem about studying poetry by Billy Collins.
• Do they think he likes it or not?
• Read the poem or play a video of it being performed.
Nuts and Bolts • • • • At some point they need the vocabulary to understand the poem.
Ask the basic understanding questions from the book. Ask if they think we will study the poem the way Collins wants us to or not. – Why do they think that?
Which thinking skill did they use to answer?
How much time do we have left?
Introduction to Poetry
I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light like a color slide or press an ear against its hive.
I say drop a mouse into a poem and watch him probe his way out, or walk inside the poem's room and feel the walls for a light switch.
I want them to waterski across the surface of a poem waving at the author's name on the shore.
But all they want to do is tie the poem to a chair with rope and torture a confession out of it.
They begin beating it with a hose to find out what it really means.
The Seven Skills • • • • • • comparing and contrasting distinguishing different perspectives explaining cause and effect explaining patterns inferring (reading between the lines) problem solving
What patterns do you see?
box, clocks, fox, rocks, ox, ____, ___
Problem Solving • • • Mr. Kelada stood at a crossroad and needed to make a decision. He looked into Mrs. Ramsey’s future as far as he could.
Then chose to sacrifice his own reputation instead.
Uncovering Motives • Why do people do the things they do?
• • • Why did Mr. K say the pearls were fake?
Why did Mr. R bet?
Why was Mrs. R scared?
How does this help us?
… and they lived happily ever after.