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TCNJ Lesson Plan

Amazing Language Center

Student Name: Kristen Gombas

School Name: Hopewell Elementary

Grade Level: 3rd

Host Teachers Name: Ms. Hamilton

Guiding and/or Essential Questions:

What are poetic words?
How do poets use poetic words?
Are poetic words only found in poems?
Pre-lesson Assignments and/or Student Prior Knowledge (ex. background knowledge,
possible misconceptions, prior lesson content)
Students have learned about all the doors of poetry. They have been reading and
writing poetry all week. Students have learned about figurative language. The previous lesson
was another center that explored an aspect of poetry.
Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on
successive readings.
Learning Objectives and Assessments:
Learning Objectives
Students will identify poetic words from picture
and nonfiction books.

Students will discover that poetic words and

lines are found in all types of texts.

Students will record poetic lines or words on
the worksheet.
Teacher will assess for words that have

Students will record poetic words and lines

from picture and nonfiction books.
Teacher will assess for a complete list of poetic
word examples from texts.
Students will recognize that poetic words hold
Students will illustrate their word or phrase on
meaning and create pictures in the mind.
the worksheet and bookmark.
Teacher will assess for an illustration that
connects to the word of choice.
Materials/Resources: (List materials, include any online or book references and resources)

Amazing language center box: worksheets, instructions, sentence strips, bookmarks

Picture books
Nonfiction books
Chart paper
Colored pencils
Plan for set-up/distribution/cleanup of materials:
All the materials are in the box. The box will be on the front table. I will have premade
models. I will pass out the worksheets after giving instructions. As students are working I will
spread out the bookmarks and sentence strips on the side table so when ready students can get
the materials. Students will get their own coloring materials. When instructed, students will put
away books and colored pencils. At the end of the lesson they will put their book marks and
sentence strips in their cubbies. I will put all extra materials back in the box.
Step by Step plan (numbered):
1. Lesson beginning: The lesson will begin at the desks. Students will be asked to think of
a favorite word or a word that they like. Students will share with their partner. I will ask
for some students to share with the class. The class will be asked why they chose that
word as a favorite. I will explain that poets think about words like this. They put meaning
behind words.
2. I will put up the chart that says Poetic Words and ask the students what makes a word
poetic. I will record the answers. Answers include words that make a picture in your
mind, are an unusual or surprising way of expressing something, give a strong feeling, or
make you think of a memory. I will ask if anyone has a poetic word in mind. Students can
share if they have one.
3. I will ask if poetic words can only be found in poems. Students will respond. I will
explain that poetic words can be found in all types of books. Today we are going to go on
a poetry treasure hunt by looking through picture books and nonfiction books to see if we
can find poetic words.
4. Students will work in pairs and look through texts and pick words or lines that are poetic.
They will record them on the worksheet. They will complete the worksheet by picking a
favorite line and drawing a picture. The illustration does not have to match the book
because it is how you feel about the word. They will have about twenty five minutes to
look through books, create the list and finish the worksheet.
5. When students complete the worksheet they can get a sentence strip and bookmark. They
will write their favorite word or line on the sentence strip, making sure to include the title
and author of the book. Students will decorate a bookmark by writing their poetic word or
phrase and illustrating it. I will model example I have made.
6. Students will return books and drawing materials and return to their desks. At the bottom
of the anchor chart I will compile a list of poetic word examples by asking students for
some examples they found. They will be asked to share the word, the book it is from, and
why they chose it. After taking words, students may share poetic lines.
7. Students will take out their writing journals and write a poem using poetic words. If there
is time, students may share. They will put notebooks away and put other materials in their
cubbies to take home.

Key Questions (that you will ask):

What is your favorite word?
Why do you like that word?
What makes a word poetic?
Are poetic words only found in poems?
Why is that word poetic?
Timing: 60 mins
Lesson beginning: 3 minutes
Anchor Chart and Instructions: 10 minutes
Treasure Hunt: 20 mins
Sentence Strips/Bookmarks: 20 mins
Share/Poems: 7 mins
Students will get their books after the instructions and they receive their worksheets.
They will be given a warning when there is five minutes left to look at books. I will ring the bell
when it is time to return to clean up. The materials will be spread out on the table so it is easy to
get to. Students will form a line or be called by pairs to pick materials. I will ring the bell when it
is time to clean up.
Classroom Management:
Students who cannot work with a partner will work alone if it gets too out of hand. Pairs
can be rearranged if partners are not working well together.
Students will work in pairs so they can help each other. There is no limit on how many
words need to be found so students can work at their own pace. If some pairs fill up their
worksheet before time is up, they may get started on the sentence strips and bookmarks. If
students finish early they can do another word or line.