Found Poetry Lesson Plan

Title of Lesson: Found Poetry
Class: 11th grade Honors English
Unit: Poetic Forms
Teacher Objectives: Evaluate and monitor student understanding of poetic elements and literary devices.
Establish student digital literacy with website navigation and working with flash
State or National Standards/Student Objectives:
Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and
appreciate texts.
Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g.,spelling
and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create,
critique, and discuss print and non-print texts.
Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries,
databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to
create and communicate knowledge.
The student will demonstrate the ability to compose in a variety of modes by
developing content, employing specific forms, and selecting language appropriate for
a particular audience and purpose.
The student will demonstrate the ability to evaluate the content, organization, and
language use of texts.
Brief Lesson Description: Students will manipulate found poetry tool to generate creative texts which
include original and found metaphor, alliteration, metonomy and assonance.
Procedures: (Note: Class will meet in the English department computer lab.)
Activator/Stimulus – Student Poetry Slam after viewing streaming video from New York Poetry
Activity: Students, in teams of two, will input original and found text within the corresponding
columns in the found poetry tool. Found text must come from the six poems included in the student
packet (William Carlos Williams, Emily Dickinson, Gary Soto, Robert Pinsky, Adrienne Rich, Walt
Whitman). Peer review teams will circulate and critique at the half-way point in the class period.
(Note: the tool includes poetry from “Song of Myself” and “I’m Nobody…”)
Follow Up: Reflection in student journals, full class oral sharing of composed work.
Evaluation: Students will work with the teacher to generate a rubric for evaluating the completed
poetry. This rubric will be applied to all writing submitted at the end of the class period.
Closure/Summarizer: 3-2-1 activity in reflective journals. (3 new ideas students learned about
how language works to communicate meaning, 2 questions that they now have, 1 risk described that
they took throughout the activity.)
Equipment/Supplies: Students will need to be “booked” into the English department computer lab
for one class period. Teacher must check links to poetry tools website prior to the start of the
class period.
Support Materials: Extra student poetry packets.