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Impact II: Projects & Lesson Plans: Self-Expression Through Poetry

Self-Expression Through Poetry

HOW I T WORKS
Self-Expression Through Poetry is a multiple-intelligence interactive student program that involves interdisciplinary learning in reading, writing, and oral presentation using word-processing software. This instructional software program helps students in writing their own poems as well as giving them an opportunity to present the poems orally in front of their class. While doing so, it instructs the students on how to incorporate computer technology in their class projects. The class meets every day in the classroom and students have been previously trained by the school technician to work on computers. To introduce the topic of Self-Expression Through Poetry, the teacher demonstrates the techniques used to develop an understanding of poems. A child’s poem is read to the class and, substituting various nouns and adverbs in the poem, the teacher develops his/her own rendition. The students are instructed to assist and enjoy doing so. A large array of poems is then distributed to the class. They are asked to p i ck out poems that they relate to and transpose them and give an oral presentation in front of the class. Photographs are taken. During the second phase, they draw pictures for the front cover of a poetry booklet that they will compile. They unanimously choose an appropriate cover. They use Kid Pix software to develop a pictorial context. Finally, they collect the information into a booklet called Child Magazine to be presented and sold at the presentation before their parents. Donated funds for the booklet will go to a charity. 

THE STUDENTS
Thirty fourth-grade students participated in this class program, but it can be adapted to second through sixth grade students, and can be used with both large and small groups. Students with limited English proficiency build computer and writing skills. This builds motivation for learning. 

THE STAFF
Dr. Patricia Missick is presently a staff developer and teacher at P.S.2Q, the Magnet School of Interdisciplinary Learning. She is a professional opera singer and author of several books.  She brings her talent to the classroom through music and drama. Olga Anagnostos also assisted with this project.  

WHAT YOU NEED
Required materials include a computer and Microsoft Office software with word-processing and Kid Pix software. The teacher will need to publish an array of children poems. A camera is useful. 

OVERALL VALUE
In addition to meeting the Language Arts Standards with their participation, students involved in this program develop their self-expression skills as well as their self-esteem. They communicate  effectively with others and coordinate their action while developing their technology skills. When students integrate learning into the world of technology, they set the pattern for future generations. They capitalize on their talents and skills, and prepare themselves for a bright future in the field of writing. 

View the Curriculum Unit/Dissemination Packet

CURRICULUM AREAS
Language Arts
Technology

GRADES
Grade 2-6

MORE INFORMATION  

Patricia Missick
Albert Zimberg Elementary
P.S. 2Q
75-10 21st Street
Jackson Heights
NY 11370
missickmusicdr@aol.com
Principal: 
Joseph Gerac

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IMPACT II Catalog 2001-2002

 

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