Multipurpose Poetry: Introducing Science Concepts and Increasing Fluency

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Lesson Introduction: 

Poetry can be a fun and unintimidating way for ESL students to develop their oral fluency. In this lesson, students discuss what they know about poetry and then work in small groups to develop a choral reading of two poems about an assigned insect. The poems serve as an introduction to a research investigation (via the Internet) about the insect. Students use a worksheet to compile factual information about the insect and present the information, along with their choral poetry readings to the class.


Learning Objectives: 

In this lesson, students will have opportunities to:

  • Participate in choral poetry readings.
  • Work cooperatively in groups to create a choral reading of an assigned poem.
  • Use a graphic organizer to gather factual information about a particular insect.
  • Present choral poetry readings and research information orally to the class.
Materials and Resources: 

To teach this lesson, you will need:

  • Insectlopedia by Douglas Florian (Voyager Books, 2002)
  • Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman (Harpercollins Juvenile Books, 1992)
  • computer with Internet access
  • chart paper and markers
  • Research Information worksheet


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