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WiS Lesson 5B Poetry

April 13th, 2010

The original Writing in Stereo was published online back in the late 1980's.  Its purpose was to apply creative radio dramatics to all aspects of the teaching of high school English.  Each lesson included a lesson plan and notes.  I'm sharing these with you here.

UNIT OBJECTIVE: (V) The student will record three poem readings.

LESSON OBJECTIVE: (B) The student will demonstrate comprehension of poetry by preparing and recording readings of poems illustrating the three characteristic types: narrative, dramatic, and lyric.

MATERIALS REQUIRED: Paper and pencil, poetry text, audio tape recorder/player, some recording space

INTRODUCTION: Now that you know how the poem should sound if it is to be understood, you're ready to record some poetry.


1. Students select three poems exemplary of the three characteristic types.

2. They then write prose translations as in the previous lesson.

3. They study the prose translations and list the ideas expressed in the poem, as their partners did in the previous lesson.

4. Students practice the reading of the poem aloud, closing thoughts at punctuation marks, rather than at the end of lines.

5. Then they record the poems in your recording space.

EVALUATION FOCUS: Your criterion should be their demonstrated comprehension of the poem revealed in their reading.