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Achievement Curriculum: Module 1: Teacher Facilitation Guide

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Module I: Learning to Love Poetry
Teacher Facilitation Guide

Program Overview
The first video segment focuses on appreciating poetry. Rita Dove sets the stage with her love of reading from an early age. She describes how she discovered poetry and how the poets she read seemed to be whispering directly to her. Students explore their own experiences and reactions to poets and poetry. They use poetic devices such as similes and explore the way poetry can capture the heart of something in ways that nothing else can. They research how poetry can create humour and tell stories in unique and unforgettable ways.

Viewing/Facilitation Strategies

  • Introduce the Pre-Viewing Activity to the entire class. After students complete the My Opinion activity, allow time for them to share their ideas.
  • View Video Segment I and if time allows, immediately break into groups for the group activity.
  • During a following class period, have the telecast available for review. Ask students to select a Curriculum Connections Activity to complete independently or with a partner.
  • Assign the research project as a class requirement or as an optional independent project.

Student Activities

Pre-Viewing Activity:
After a class discussion about poets and poetry, students explore their own opinions and experiences as readers and writers of poetry.

Group Activity
In small groups, students write poetic similes.

Student Academic Standards
Uses reading skills and strategies to understand a variety of literary passages and texts including poetry.
Understands the effects of an author's style (e.g., word choice, speaker, imagery, genre, perspective) on the reader
Uses descriptive language that clarifies and enhances ideas (e.g., establishes tone and mood, uses figurative language, uses sensory images and comparisons.

Curriculum Connections Activities
Biography: N. Scott Momaday - What Could be Better than Being a Poet?
Science and Art: Story Musgrave - What Inspires You?

Research Project
Students research poets who create poems that tell a story and/or use humor to make their point.

Terms to Discuss

  • landscape
  • natural world
  • astronaut
  • comparisons
  • analogies
  • simile
  • insightful
  • enlighten
  • intellectualize
  • inspiration

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