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ERIC Number: ED480885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jun-11
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Letter Poems Deliver: Experimenting with Line Breaks in Poetry Writing.
Wollman-Bonilla, Julie
Letter poems make poetry accessible, meaningful, and fun. Letter poems are also an apt medium for exploring a defining characteristic of poetry--line breaks. Students explore letter poems and experiment with writing letters as poems, using the placement of line breaks to enhance rhythm, sound, meaning, and appearance. During the two 40-minute sessions, students in grades 3-5 will: explore and discuss various poems to demonstrate a growing awareness of how line breaks affect rhythm, sound, meaning, impact, and appearance, and can substitute for punctuation in letter poems; and demonstrate their understanding of line breaks and how format creates dramatic effect by writing their own letter poems. The instructional plan, lists of resources, student assessment/reflection activities, and a list of National Council of Teachers of English/International Reading Association (NCTE/IRA) Standards addressed in the project are included. A rubric, "Dear Grandma" as letter and poem, and a sample list of letter or e-mail addresses and purposes are attached. (RS)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: MarcoPolo Education Foundation.; National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.; International Reading Association, Newark, DE.