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Achievement Curriculum: Module 2: Teacher Facilitation Guide

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Module II: Poetry and the World Around You
Teacher Facilitation Guide

Program Overview
The second video segment focuses on how poets are inspired by the places where they have lived and travelled. The landscapes they experience have an impact on their writing. Students explore influences from both a poet's inner and outer landscapes. They assess how they know a poem is a good one and write similes to define a "good" poem. They are challenged to look closely at the world around them and the influences that might effect their works. They research the variety of worlds from which poets write÷ from cowboys to space travellers.

Viewing/Facilitation Strategies

  • Introduce the Pre-Viewing Activity to the entire class. After students complete the landscape brainstorm activity, allow time for them to share their ideas.
  • View Video Segment II 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 complete a brainstorming activity about how poets are influenced by both their inner and outer landscapes.

Group Activity
In small groups, students discuss Rita Dove's definition of a good poem and write similes to form their own definitions.

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
Science and Art: Frank McCourt -- Look Closely and Write! Multicultural Studies: N. Scott Momaday -- Inner Landscape: Cultural Snapshots

Research Project
Students conduct research to identify poets who have a unique focus. They are encouraged to learn more about cowboy poets, nature poets, poets who write poetry for young children, and religious poets etc.

Terms to Discuss

  • Landscape
  • bouillion cube
  • Simile
  • Concentrated
  • Jeweler's loupe
  • Analogies
  • Ancestral
  • Culture
  • Warrior
  • Principles
  • Heritage

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