2.05 – Exploring a Poem you Enjoy (English Lesson)

Focusing on self-selected poems, allow students the opportunity to search for a poem that speaks to them. More importantly, it provides them with multiple tools for finding poetry. Many people do not read, because they do not have access to things to read. Many people don't read poetry, because they don't know where to find … Continue reading 2.05 – Exploring a Poem you Enjoy (English Lesson)

2.04 – Analyzing Poetry: Looking at Four Poems (English Lesson)

This lesson moves students from writing poetry, to looking at - and analyzing - poetry. Some teachers start with reading poetry, and then shift to the creation process. I've found it's more helpful to create, and then shift to looking at the works of others. The rationale is that when students see "professional poetry" they … Continue reading 2.04 – Analyzing Poetry: Looking at Four Poems (English Lesson)

2.03 – Introducing Types of Poems: Slide Deck (English Lesson)

There are so many types of poetry. This slide deck, created by Katherine Pearce, introduces students to a number of different types: Free verse Spoken word Haiku Form poems Found poetry Limericks Sonnets Concrete poems Sound poems. By introducing students a number of different types of poetry, you provide them with additional tools in their … Continue reading 2.03 – Introducing Types of Poems: Slide Deck (English Lesson)

2.01 – Top Ten Poetic Devices: Slide Deck (English Lesson)

Metaphor, Simile, Alliteration, Hyperbole, Imagery, Onomatopoeia, Symbol, Repetition, Allusion, Personification... These are the ten key literary / poetic devices that students will use in their own writing, and explore in the works of others. This slide deck builds from the existing Literary Devices page, presenting the information in a more fully realized, classroom-ready format. By … Continue reading 2.01 – Top Ten Poetic Devices: Slide Deck (English Lesson)

1.17 – RICH Reading Log (English Lesson)

RICH Reading Log honours Personal Choice Reading. Reading Indenpendent CHallenges is a form a Personal Choice Reading that students engage in during almost every class. It is an important experience that honours students' journeys to become self-directed readers and learners. Every classroom benefits from having its own personal choice reading library. These can be filled … Continue reading 1.17 – RICH Reading Log (English Lesson)

1.13 – In-Class Writing: Topic Journals (English Lesson)

Topic Journals are an excellent way to gauge students' Reading and Writing skills, through in-class writing opportunities. Topic Journals will focus on text-to-theme, as well as text-to-self or text-to-text connections. By providing students with in-class writing time, you will be honouring their efforts, while ensuring you have a strong demonstration of abilities. 1.13 - In-Class … Continue reading 1.13 – In-Class Writing: Topic Journals (English Lesson)