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.
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.
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