Title: List Poetry Lesson
The lesson below is one that can be incorporated into a poetry unit around the time of Remembrance Day. It can be taught over 2-3 40 minute language periods and has been modified to accommodate the ESL/ELD learners that might be present within the classroom. Over the span of the lessons, the students will become familiar with why we have Remembrance Day and a new form of poetry (List poetry) will be introduced during the second class. They will ultimately write a List poem on the topic of discussion in partners or groups of three that I will form. All students will be engaged in shared reading with the class and will be guided through the writing process that will show them how to construct this type of poetry.
- Students will explain their interpretation of a written work, supporting it with evidence from the work and from their own knowledge and experience.
Students will make judgments and draw conclusions about the content in written
materials, using evidence from the materials
- Students will produce pieces of writing using a variety of forms ( e.g., stories, poems, reports), narrative techniques etc
- Students will select and use words to create specific effects (e.g., to create a mood)
- Students will use tone of voice, gestures, and other non-verbal cues to help clarify meaning when describing events, telling stories, reading aloud, making presentations, stating opinions etc.;
Mental Set- Students will come to the “magic carpet” for the first part of the lesson
1)Today we’re going to be looking at another kind of poetry but before we do that I want to introduce the topic that we’ll be exploring.
1)I want to start by first looking at a quotation from a poem written by a grade five student. The title of the poem is “Icy Floor.” Our topic isn’t about icy floors, yet the quotation is related to many ideas that we’ll be talking about today
2)The quotation is …(overhead)”the memories of the past leave footprints in my heart” just read it to yourself for a moment. What do you think this quotation means? How does it make you feel? Which words stand out to you? Why?
3)How many of you have really amazing ideas that have left footprints in your heart? Turn to your partner and for the next minute, tell them about an important memory that you have. It could be a birthday party, the death of a pet
4)Another reason why I really like this quotation is because it relates to the way a woman in the next poem feels, the memories of the past have left footprints in her heart
5)If you think about what we were just discussing (memories) and think about the special day coming up in a few days, can you predict where I’m going with this discussion? What do you think this lesson will be about?
Questions During the Reading of the Poems
Students will read several poems on the overhead out loud and then discuss them. Think pair share will be used, popcorn and numbered heads as a way to involve all of the students.
1)Now I’m going to need several loud readers to help read this poem (when I point to you I want you to say a number starting with one) (Numbered heads)
2)The title of this poem is “Please wear a poppy” and our topic is clearly Remembrance Day!
4)What does the narrator realize at the end of this poem? (Think Pair Share) (He realizes that we need to remember…)
5)So what is the main idea of this poem?
“THE INQUISITIVE MIND OF A CHILD”
1)Who can tell me what the colours of the poppy represent? (popcorn) The next poem that we’re going to read talks about that.
2)This time we’re going to need a few more loud readers, raise your hand if you haven’t read yet. (When I point to you say a number starting with one) ( Numbered heads)
3) What do you think the last four lines mean? (TPS) Both of these poems are reminding us that we need to remember all of those people who sacrificed their lives for our freedom in the wars, because it’s easy to forget sometimes.
4)Does anyone know anybody who was in any type of war? Maybe your grandfathers etc. Discuss this question openly with the class Since this might be a sensitive topic students will not be required to share if they feel uncomfortable.
5)So we’re going to show everyone in the school that we remember and that we appreciate the people who went to war through our poetry.
a)I think that its important that we try to remember a lot of the ideas that we discussed in class today, particularly over the next few days
b)What are some of the insights that you’ve had today about Remembrance Day? Did you learn anything today that you didn’t know or might have forgotten?
c)Well, you need to keep these feelings and significant words in mind over the next few days because recalling our conversation today can greatly help you in the writing of your poems.
Activity One- Before the reading of the List poem (5 minutes) Review discussion from the previous class:Think pair share and guided writing will be used to ensure that students understand how to construct this poem. This activity will take place on the “magic carpet.”
1)Can someone remind me of what topic we were discussing yesterday? Yes, Remembrance Day
2)What were some of the ideas that we discussed as a class yesterday. What were some of things that we did? Turn to your partner and see how many you can remember. (TPS)
3)Make a list of the ideas that the students remember from the previous class and reward them for their efforts Well, today we’re going to continue the discussion that we started yesterday on Remembrance Day and I’m really excited to share the next poem with you.
Read Poem and discuss
1)I’m going to read you one more poem and it’s called “I Remember…”
I remember the parentless who cried themselves to sleep
I remember the sons, daughters, and sweethearts who left and never returned
I remember the starvation
I remember the victory
The sacrifices made
I remember the red and the black
I remember the silence and I remember to be silent
But most of all, I remember to remember
Questions after reading the poem –
1)What kind of poem do you think this is? Look at the way it’s written, what am I doing in each line? Yes, I’m listing the things that I remember about Remembrance Day and things that I should remember.
2)It’s called a List poem because I’m just listing things about my main idea which is, “I remember…”
3)By examining my poem and brainstorming some words that we should remember…it should make it easier for you to create your poems
4)So first, let’s look at some of the words that I chose to use in my poem. What does “Starvation” mean? Why would I use this word, why not hunger? How does it relate to war?
5)Why red and black, the parentless? Victory, honour, why would I choose these words (Underline words as we discuss them)
6)If you had a favourite memory that you wanted to remember you would have to choose very specific words in order to capture specific feelings that you experience when you think of that memory. Ex birthday party, chocolate cake, shiny wrapping paper, flashing cameras etc. (Students have the option of using a thesaurus or other resources in the class to help them find words to use in their poems)
7)So we’re going to be doing the same thing with Remembrance Day.
8)What are some things that you think about when you hear the word war or Remembrance Day?
9)Let’s brainstorm some ideas, what images or pictures do you think of when you hear these words. Think back to our previous discussions in class After brainstorming, use shared modelling to show students how to turn their ideas into a List poem
10)I’ve written out the instructions as to how to create a list poem and I want to go through them quickly with you.
-All of our poems will begin with “I remember…
-Then we will list at least six things that we remember about remembrance day
-Note: A list poem does not need to rhyme but you should think carefully about the words that you choose because the words are very important.
After writing the poem as a class, place the students in partners or groups of three. ESL/ELD learners should be placed with students who will be able to assist them. However, every student will still be required to contribute equally to the writhing of the poems. After the instructions have been given, Students can work silently anywhere in the classroom
For the rest of the period you will be working on your List poetry.
As an extention, the list poetry can be made into a piece of Remembrance Day artwork that can be displayed throughout the classroom or in the hallway.
-Think pair share
-Shared reading and writing
Students should be assessed formatively on the poems that they produce using a rubric that the teacher will go through with them before starting the poems. Doing so helps the students know what the teacher will be marking for.
Activity One-Lesson One
- The major ideas in the lesson have been simplified in student language
- Poems with simple/straightforward ideas were specifically chosen for the shared reading that we did as a class
- Students were engaged with the topic to prepare them for the writing of their poems
Activity One- Lesson Two
- Specific wording in the poetry will be explained
- We will brainstorm ideas as a class to help students with ideas for their poems
- Resources(thesaurus, dictionary etc) will be available for student use
Activity two- Lesson two
- Students will be working in pairs so that they will be able to assist one another.
-The following poems will be needed:
"THE INQUISITIVE MIND OF A CHILD"
Why are they selling poppies, Mummy?
Selling poppies in town today.
The poppies, child, are flowers of love.
For the men who marched away.
But why have they chosen a poppy, Mummy?
Why not a beautiful rose?
Because my child, men fought and died
In the fields where the poppies grow.
But why are the poppies so red, Mummy?
Why are the poppies so red?
Red is the colour of blood, my child.
The blood that our soldiers shed.
The heart of the poppy is black, Mummy.
Why does it have to be black?
Black, my child, is the symbol of grief.
For the men who never came back.
But why, Mummy are you crying so?
Your tears are giving you pain.
My tears are my fears for you my child.
For the world is forgetting again.
"PLEASE WEAR A POPPY"
"Please wear a poppy," the lady said
And held one forth, but I shook my head.
Then I stopped and watched as she offered them there,
And her face was old and lined with care;
But beneath the scars the years had made
There remained a smile that refused to fade.
A boy came whistling down the street,
Bouncing along on care-free feet.
His smile was full of joy and fun,
"Lady," said he, "may I have one?"
When she's pinned in on he turned to say,
"Why do we wear a poppy today?"
The lady smiled in her wistful way
And answered, "This is Remembrance Day,
And the poppy there is the symbol for
The gallant men who died in war.
And because they did, you and I are free -
That's why we wear a poppy, you see.
"I had a boy about your size,
With golden hair and big blue eyes.
He loved to play and jump and shout,
Free as a bird he would race about.
As the years went by he learned and grew
and became a man - as you will, too.
"He was fine and strong, with a boyish smile,
But he'd seemed with us such a little while
When war broke out and he went away.
I still remember his face that day
When he smiled at me and said, Goodbye,
I'll be back soon, Mom, so please don't cry.
"Till at last, at last, the war was won -
And that's why we wear a poppy son."
The small boy turned as if to go,
Then said, "Thanks, lady, I'm glad to know.
That sure did sound like an awful fight,
But your son - did he come back all right?"
A tear rolled down each faded cheek;
She shook her head, but didn't speak.
I slunk away in a sort of shame,
And if you were me you'd have done the same;
For our thanks, in giving, is often delayed,
our freedom was bought - and thousands paid!
And so when we see a poppy worn,
Let us reflect on the burden borne,
By those who gave their very all
When asked to answer their country's call
That we at home in peace might live.
Then wear a poppy! Remember - and give!
~~By Don Crawford.~~
Submitted by: Andrea Emanuel