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River of Words Entry Process Exercise

The Missouri Ozarks Heritage Regional Art and Poetry Contest

 

Contest Entry Process Exercise

by Donita Prock
4th Grade Teacher, Mountain Grove Elementary

 

Background: Students demonstrate familiarity with poetry forms, i.e. haiku, diamante, cinquain, couplet, triplet, free verse, etc. from previous lessons.

1. Prewrite

a. Discussion of Missouri habitats
b. Viewing of photos - Conservationist magazine, outdoor photos, etc.
c. Jot list of possible topics. Use chart paper or board. Example below:

Jot List
nature habitat
frogs
walnut mountains
oak hills
persimmon caves
pawpaw
leaves conservation
pollution
fish  
hatchery lizards
trout snakes
bass  
crayfish  
gigging  
rivers animals
Gasconade deer
turkey
lakes opossum
streams fox
creeks squirrel


2. Mini - Lesson: Model poetry form on a selected topic. Write poem together. Discuss illustration.

3. First draft - students write individually

4. Peer checks and teacher-assisted editing

5. Final copy

This lesson was completed during two fifty-minute Communication Arts blocks.

   
   

 

 
 
 
  Thanks to Donita Prock, Mountain Grove Elementary 4th grade teacher, Mountain Grove, MO
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