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Unit 2: Time for Rhymes: A Genre Study of Poetry
Schedule is based on an uninterrupted 90 minute block for
Communication Arts.

Day 1:
Begin with Anticipatory Set (20 minutes)  Introduce the unit.  What is
poetry?  What is our focus text? (
Love that Dog)

Read allowed
Love that Dog pages 1-27.  Because this text is in a
different format then students are used to, it is important that you take
time to pause and model questioning and inferring about the text as you
go.  Lead students through questions to conclusions about the text and
some of the poetry's meaning. (30 minutes)

Guided and Independent Reading Activity Time (40 minutes) Note:
Students use the
check-list during independent reading throughout the
week.  Shortened GR groups for the first day.

Assignment: Write one paragraph about a significant experience you
have had with a pet.  If you have not ever had a pet, you may write about
why you think people like to have pets.  (Quickly remind students about
the general format of a paragraph.  Then allow the writing you receive
back to be an informal assessment of your students' understanding.)

Review what happened in yesterday's reading--ask a few
comprehension questions (5 minutes)

Mini-lesson on  using table of contents, glossary, etc. when reading a
poetry anthology. (25 minutes)

Guided and Independent Reading Rotation (60 minutes -- 20 minutes in
Guided Reading group, 40 minutes in Independent Reading Rotation)

Day 3:
Review what was read on Monday, and read Love That Dog pages
28-60.  Again, continue to model questioning and inferring strategies
(you don't have to call them that aloud,especially if students are not yet
familiar with the terms, but model the strategies nevertheless). (30
minutes)

Guided and Independent Reading Rotation (60 minutes -- 20 minutes in
Guided Reading group, 40 minutes in Independent Reading Rotation)

Day 4:

Introduce poetry writing assignment and peer editing process. (30
minutes)

Guided reading and Independent Reading Rotation (60 minutes total --
20 minutes in GR, 20 minutes working specifically on poetry rough draft,
and 20 minutes peer editing.)

Assignment: Revise and edit poetry based on peer editing.

Day 5:
Review what happened last in the book, and complete the reading (30
minutes).

Guided reading and Independent Reading Rotation (60 minutes total --
20 minutes in GR, 20 minutes responding to the comprehension
prompt, and 20 minutes doing independent reading activities.)

Day 6:
Mini-lesson on identifying sensory details and figurative language.  (30
minutes)

Guided reading and Independent Reading Rotation (60 minutes total --
20 minutes in GR, 40 minutes to complete comprehension prompt and
figurative language vocabulary activity while doing independent
reading.)

Day 7:
Mini-lesson 4 on reading poetry aloud with proper speaking techniques
such as volume control, pausing, and eye contact. Tell students about
Poetry Jam that will occur Days 9 and 10 (20 minutes)

Re-meet with peer editing partners to check in that all changes have
been made. (10 minutes)

Guided reading and Independent Reading Rotation (60 minutes total --
20 minutes in GR, 40 minutes to complete comprehension prompt,
independent reading activities, and any necessary changes to make
sure poetry is ready for publishing.)  Take time during guided reading to
quickly review each student's poetry and confirm that every one is on
track.  

Assignment: Review figurative language and sensory details for timed
essay.

Day 8:
Timed Figurative Language short essay (MAP testing style). (90
minutes)

Day 9:
Comprehension prompt (20 minutes)

Poetry Jam (70 minutes)--Students will read aloud their poetry. NOTE:
IF ANY STUDENT IS STRONGLY OPPOSED TO READING THEIR
OWN POETRY ALOUD, THEY MAY READ 2 POEMS BY OTHER
AUTHORS ALOUD INSTEAD.  STRONGLY ENCOURAGE
STUDENTS TO READ THEIR OWN, IF POSSIBLE. Students will have
chosen ahead of time 1-3 poems they read and liked during
independent reading.  Students will read these aloud as well if there is
more time.  After each student's performance, call on a student to give
a specific compliment about the way they performed.  Be sure to
prepare students ahead of time that they may be called upon to do so.

Day 10:
Vocabulary and Comprehension Assessment (As much time as
necessary up to 50 minutes.  When students are finished, the
independent reading texts should be available.)

Finish any remaining items on student check list (20 minutes).

Continue poetry jam (20 minutes).