Mrs. Butler and Ms. Casaccio's Best Stargirl Lessons
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In the Middle
Middle School Poetry
1. Standard 1
a. relate new information to prior knowledge and experience
b. compare and synthesize information from different sources
2. Standard 2
a. read and view texts and performances from a wide range of authors,
subjects and genres
b. recognize different levels of meaning
3. Standard 3
a. understand that within any group there are many different points of
view depending on the particular interests and values of the individual,
and recognize those differences in perspective in texts and
4. Standard 4
a. listen attentively to others and build on others’ ideas in conversations
with peers and adults
b. express ideas and concerns clearly and respectfully in conversations and
1. Middle School Poems Handouts I and II
2. Kristine O’Connell
1. Poetry is another form of written expression.
2. The middle school years are a time of much change for adolescents as they
struggle to deal with a new school, make friends, and discover who they are.
3. Poets use a variety of methods to convey their thoughts and relate meaning.
4. People often interpret poetry in many different ways. We can all learn a great
deal by listening to the perspectives of others.
5. Throughout our lives, we are touched by people who profoundly impact who
we are and how we think.
6. Stargirl is in touch with the feelings of others and is very intuitive in this
1. How do the authors in the poems we have read use poetry to express how they
2. How do your classmates’ interpretations of the selected poems differ from
3. How are we impacted by the presence of others in our lives? Who has
changed the way you think or feel?
1. Students will be able to engage in guided group discussions with classmates.
2. Students will be able to evaluate a poem for its meaning, raise questions about
a poem, and share their opinions with their classmates.
3. Students will be able to identify how form, rhyme, and other literary elements help the
author to convey his or her intent.
4. Students will be able to reflect on what insight to a poem is offered upon hearing it
3. Students will be able to listen attentively to their classmates and introduce their
thoughts in an organized manner.
4. Students will be able to interpret a quotation and apply it to their own lives as
well as the text.
1. Casaccio’s Question: What does this quotation mean to you: “People come
into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same.”
Based on last night’s reading, how does this quotation apply to Stargirl.
2. Distribute handouts – Middle School Poems I & II
3. Play audio of a student reading the poems aloud while students follow along. Point
out how the placement of the lines and punctuation dictates how one reads a poem.
Encourage students to visit the website and post their own comments about the poems
or even contribute their own.
4. Demonstrate good listening skills and how to participate in a group discussion for
students by role playing.
5. Read poems aloud as a class.
6. Break students up into groups of three and distribute discussion questions.
7. While students discuss, go group to group and listen in.
1. The teacher will evaluate students’ ability to interpret a poem and think critically
about its meaning. In addition, the teacher will assess students’ ability to work with
others and stay on task.
2. The teacher will evaluate the students’ ability to interpret a quotation and
apply it to their own lives as well as the text through listening to their
responses to Casaccio’s Question.
Last Modified: Monday March 06 2006