Saturday, April 13, 2024

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Paired Poetry Mini Lesson, Words to Inspire at Test Time, NO PREP”

by Julie Faulkner
6th - 11th Grade

This paired poetry and short story lesson is designed to inspire your students during standardized testing time – or any time of the year they need a “pick me up”! All the work is done... Just print and go!

Student Experience: Anchored with a poem by Edgar Albert Guest and paired with a modern story from the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, students will be closely reading classic poetry while learning to think positively about themselves. The questions are designed to guide the students through an understanding of the poem and the short story independently, but also to synthesize meaning across the two texts. They will finish the lesson with a creative project that solidifies what they've learned about the meaning of success - and to remember they "are not the test"! Perfect for a downtime day or just as a quick review before, during, or even after testing while you are waiting for scores.

Classroom success stories from other teachers who have tried this resource:

♥ "I LOVE this activity and I'm a science teacher. The young woman that recites the poem is amazing and sets the right tone for the start of school. I want to customize this for my class by taking your idea and making a scientist as the underneath collage image. It will be a great start for the beginning of the many feeling unable to do science."

♥ "This is so inspirational! Thank you so much!!! I can't wait to do this before our state test that's coming up in 2 weeks."

♥ "This is so much fun! I'm going to use this next week b/c we take the PSAT on Wednesday! Thanks so much for the variety of templates, too! Yay! :-)"

Find other resources for promoting positivity during test time, too!

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For more ideas and inspiration:

Faulkner's Fast Five Blog

Julie's Classroom Stories on Instagram

Julie's Classroom Stories on Facebook

Teaching Middle and High School English Facebook Group

Yearbook and Journalism Facebook Group


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