3c. EX2 Rainbow Poetry SIOP Lesson Plan 2017-08-08T16:52:55+00:00

Ex2: Rainbow Poetry SIOP Lesson Plan

3c: Engaging Students in Learning

Students analyzing poems and poetry forms for parts of speech and phrases used as modifiers in writing original poems. 

Educator: Carolyn LaVon Bridges [Email Carolyn]
School: Anchorage Education Center, Anchorage

Appropriate for Grade Levels: 6–12
Content area(s): Language Arts and ESL Language Arts

How does this lesson or technique improve student learning?

The students will be highly beneficial for all students, but particularly for ELLs because it is an interesting way to learn about parts of speech and about poetry forms at the same time. It also provides a chance for creativity. I have found that students find this very engaging and it gives ELLs a chance to write in a very focused manner in spite of the fact that they are not always ready to take on complete essays. It offers them a chance for learning how English functions and at the same time they can be creative.

What does it look like in my classroom?

Timeline: 1–2 class periods, depending on level of the students.

Students enjoy reading and listening to poetry, and the reading can be done chorally and in pairs. Whole group analyzing can be done at firs, then it can be followed by small group or pairs for further analyzing. Poetry forms can be shown on a PowerPoint and discussed. The whole group can write an example of a couple of stanzas of the Rainbow Poetry form. Individuals then work on either the Rainbow Poetry form or a form of their choice.

The key to this activity (why it works so well for this component):

The students will be highly beneficial for all students, but particularly for ELLs because it is an interesting way to learn about parts of speech and about poetry forms at the same time. It also provides a chance for creativity. I have found that students find this very engaging and it gives ELLs a chance to write in a very focused manner in spite of the fact that they are not always ready to take on complete essays. It offers them a chance for learning how English functions and at the same time they can be creative.

Supporting materials

Artifacts to gather for evaluation

  • Examples of various poetry forms
  • Poems to be read
  • A Power Point or Smart Board presentation
  • Rainbow poetry blank forms

The Danielson Connection

Students will be intellectually engaged in challenging learning as they analyze various forms of poetry and find parts of speech as well as write their own poems.

Students will engage in inquiry as they try to locate parts of speech, identify them and decide how phrases are used as modifiers.

The lesson is paced so the the student analyzes and then begins to write the poem from both examples and form.

There will be choices for what type of poem to write, but the Rainbow form will be a clear form that any student may choose, and it will definitely teach specific parts of speech and phrases used as modifiers so the students will be able to use this knowledge in their speech and writing.