There are many ways to prepare a lesson focused on poetry. In the field of reading instruction, there are generally a “pre,” “during,” and “post” components of lesson planning. Here are some tips for each of these parts.
The first component:
Before reading the poem
Build background, set a purpose, create interest, and/or make predictions.
- Introduce the poem by title and the poet by name.
- Connect the subject of the poem to other things read previously.
- Highlight any vocabulary that may be difficult beforehand.
- Guess what the poem might be about based on the poem’s title.
- Preview the poem’s structure noting anything unusual.
- Preview the poem’s content noting anything unusual.
Over time, try these pre-reading strategies, but only one at a time.
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