How can we make a classroom that everyone wants to come to? What conditions do there need to be for a classroom to be successful for everyone? What individual talents, passions, and cultures do each of us bring to our community?
To begin the year, students will create a mosaic of poetry tiles. Last year’s class created a brilliant wall of poems to greet students this year!
How can we make a classroom that everyone wants to come to? During the first three weeks of school we will puzzle through this question and build a community together by completing a mix of in-class activities, including: writing poetry about family and community, sharing our writing through ‘read arounds,’ a scavenger hunt, and painting a class mural that will display each student’s poem. By the end of this unit, we will have a class celebration and artwork that will honor the collective talents, interests, and passions through our class mural.
Creating a Mural of Poems
Here is a brief outline of how we’ll take small steps toward accomplishing our high goal:
- We will start by reading powerful poems by writers with diverse perspectives about what it means to belong to a community.
- Taking a cue from the poets we read, each student will write poems about themselves and their community. Each of these poems will provide students with a chance to experiment with different poetic styles and techniques. It will also provide the opportunity for writers to receive early feedback and tips for polishing their writing skills.
- See your student’s Reading Packet for information on grading.
- We will learn how to use Google Classroom to upload documents and share work.
- Using the positive and structured feedback they’ve received in class, students will revise their drafts.
- Each student will print their final draft on a class template, cut it out, and then copy it onto their tile by using blender markers.
- On the reverse side of their tile (bonus step), students can add images, painting, or photos.
- We will have a final class ‘read around,’ place our tiles together to form our poetry mural, and have a class party!
Once your tile is complete, we’ll slide it into a frame as a part of our class mosaic!
Online Resources for Unit 1
- Student Reading Packet
- PowerPoint Slides for Week 1
- PowerPoint Slides for Week 2
- PowerPoint Slides for Week 3
- Final Poem Revisions Checklist
- Guided Notes: Metaphors and Similes
- Guided Notes: Sensory Writing
- PowerPoint Slide for Week 4
- Tutorial for Printing with Google Classroom
- Final Poem Template