Class Outline, Session 2

Elementary Class Outline (for both Monday and Thursday Classes)  Scroll down for Teen Class Outlines.  


Class 1 (11/28 and 12/1)
Fiction
1.  Read "Boar Out There" by Cynthia Rylant.  Also, read some student examples:  one about Alicia, and the other about Griffin.
2. Read a poem.  ("Mom,")
3.  Go over summarizing verses "scenes" with the students.  Read an example about Elizabeth.  Also, show how to punctuate dialogue.

Class 2 (12/5 and 12/8)
Fiction
1.  Read "Fox" by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks.
2. Read the student poem "Lucky."
3.  Share a poster with the class that shows how to include setting your fiction story.
4.  Read half of "Spencer Bellhorn is not a Wimp."

Class 3 (12/12 and 12/15)
Fiction

1.  Read the poem "Langston's Time."
2.  Read the rest of "Spencer Bellhorn is not a Wimp."
4.  I will discuss endings in fiction.
5.  Students get the editing checklist sheet for their fiction stories.
6.  Students will work on their stories, which will be due after the winter break.

Class 4 (1/2 and 1/5)
Fiction/Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "Reading Myself to Sleep."
2.  Share the video of the story "Fly Away Home."
3.  Students will choose a story that they will use for a literary essay.

Class 5 (1/9 and 1/12)
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "My Room."
2.  Read the story "The Marble Champ."
3.  Read a sample literary essay.
4.  Talk about character traits and students will look at their stories to think of character traits for the main character.

Class 6 (1/19) Thursday Only
Literary Essays
1. Read a poem.  ("Remembrance of a Friend")
2. Read another literary essay.
3.  Talk about a thesis and a boxes and bullets outline.

Class 6 (1/23) Monday Class
Literary Essays
1. Read a poem.  ("Remembrance of a Friend")
2. Read another literary essay.
3.  Talk about a thesis and a boxes and bullets outline.

Class 7 (1/26) Thursday Class
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "Unlucky."
2. Go over the student boxes and bullet outlines.
3.  Discuss how to write an introduction and first body paragraph.
4.  Show the students how to put in bits of summary and quotes into their essays.

Class 7 (1/30) Monday Class
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "Unlucky."
2. Go over the student boxes and bullet outlines.
3.  Discuss how to write an introduction and first body paragraph.
4.  Show the students how to put in bits of summary and quotes into their essays.

Class 8 (2/2) Thursday Class
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "Guilt."
2.  Discuss more about the body of a literary essay.
3.  Show students how to write a conclusion.
4.  Walk around and work with the students on their essays.

Class 8 (2/6) Monday Class
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "Guilt."
2.  Discuss more about the body of a literary essay.
3.  Show students how to write a conclusion.
4.  Walk around and work with the students on their essays.

Class 9 (2/9) Thursday Class
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "Mail Call."
2.  Have the students work on their essays.
3.  Explain the editing checklist.
4.  Students can begin editing their essays when they are done.

Class 9 (2/13) Monday Class
Literary Essays/Prompt Writing
1.  Read the poem "Guilt."
2.  Share some of the student essays that are completed.
3.  Help the students with their essays who have not finished.
4.  Put some prompts on the board for students who have completed essays.

Class 10 (2/16)  Thursday Class
Literary Essays/Poetry
1.  Poem: "Long Dream"
2.  Share completed essays.
3.  Introduce free verse poetry.  Discuss line breaks and poems about "things."

Class 11 (2/23) Thursday Class
Poetry
1.  Poem:
2.  Share any other completed literary essays.
3.  Discuss the idea of "strong feelings" in your poems, as well as poems that tell a story.
4.  Students will write poetry.









Class # HOMEWORK  "Poet Eyes" 

Students will write two poems this week.  One will be any poem that you would like.  The second poem will be that uses "Poet Eyes," or a simile or metaphor.   An example of a line in a poem that uses "poet eyes:" (simile or metaphor) "Lily's fish tank sparkles like a lake."  



Class # HOMEWORK  Poems That Tell a Story 

Write a "story poem" for homework.  Story poems are poems that tell a true story about something you did, or something that happened. Use line breaks, which we learned about in class today.  Here, I used a slanted line to show the line breaks so that I can save space.  You will not do that in your poems at home.

For example, this poem is written by Anna about her eating ice cream:   It is summer/I am eating ice cream/I take big bites/But it is still/Melting/it dribbles down/My hand/And I lick it

Here is another, called "A Sleepover": When we sat side by side/Having spaghetti/I wasn't lonely/When we tumbled around/Having a pillow fight/I wasn't lonely/Only 1 inch lonely

Class  HOMEWORK Final Poems 
Choose one of your poems that you think is your best.  Edit to make it better.  Re-copy onto blank printer paper. (I will provide that to students or you can use a sheet from home.) Put your title, name and date on the poem.  


Class
Fiction
 1.  Read the poem "Birch."
2.  Read "The Marble Champ" to the Monday class.
3.  Share more completed fiction stories.
4.  Discuss "big ideas." Show an example of students writing entries about that.
5.  Students will choose their stories and write about the big ideas in theirs.



Class
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "Night Songs."
2.  Share our literary essays.

Class
Poetry
1.  Read The Other Way to Listen.
2.  Read the poem "The Swingset."
3.  Refresh the idea of line breaks in poetry. Introduce what a stanza is. Discuss "Poet Eyes."
5.  Students will write poems.


Class
Poetry
1.   Read the poem "First Love."
2.  Discuss that poetry can tell a true story.  You can use repetition or rhythm in your poetry to make it sound more like a poem and not like a regular small moment story.
3.  Students will write poetry.


Class
Poetry
1.  Read 2 poems: "Six Minutes Twenty-Six Seconds" and "Speed."
1.  Read  Hailstones and Halibut Bones, by Mary O'Neill.
2.  Students will write a color poem.



Class
Poetry/Fiction
1.  Read a poem.  ("Six Minutes Twenty-Six Seconds" for the Monday class and "The Double Play" for the Thursday class.)
2.  Read Hailstones and Halibut Bones.
3. Write and read some color poems.
4. Read a fiction story: "Spaghetti."
5.  Discuss characters and problems in fiction.


Class
Poetry
1.  Read The Other Way to Listen.
2.  Read the poem "The Swingset."
3.  Refresh the idea of line breaks in poetry. Introduce what a stanza is. Discuss "Poet Eyes."
5.  Students will write poems.


Class
Poetry
1.   Read the poem "First Love."
2.  Discuss that poetry can tell a true story.  You can use repetition or rhythm in your poetry to make it sound more like a poem and not like a regular small moment story.
3.  Students will write poetry.


Class
Poetry
1.  Read 2 poems: "Six Minutes Twenty-Six Seconds" and "Speed."
1.  Read  Hailstones and Halibut Bones, by Mary O'Neill.
2.  Students will write a color poem.



Class
Poetry/Fiction
1.  Read a poem.  ("Six Minutes Twenty-Six Seconds" for the Monday class and "The Double Play" for the Thursday class.)
2.  Read Hailstones and Halibut Bones.
3. Write and read some color poems.
4. Read a fiction story: "Spaghetti."
5.  Discuss characters and problems in fiction.

Class
Poetry
1.  Read The Other Way to Listen.
2.  Read the poem "The Swingset."
3.  Refresh the idea of line breaks in poetry. Introduce what a stanza is. Discuss "Poet Eyes."
5.  Students will write poems.


Class
Poetry
1.   Read the poem "First Love."
2.  Discuss that poetry can tell a true story.  You can use repetition or rhythm in your poetry to make it sound more like a poem and not like a regular small moment story.
3.  Students will write poetry.


Class
Poetry
1.  Read 2 poems: "Six Minutes Twenty-Six Seconds" and "Speed."
1.  Read  Hailstones and Halibut Bones, by Mary O'Neill.
2.  Students will write a color poem.



Class
Poetry/Fiction
1.  Read a poem.  ("Six Minutes Twenty-Six Seconds" for the Monday class and "The Double Play" for the Thursday class.)
2.  Read Hailstones and Halibut Bones.
3. Write and read some color poems.
4. Read a fiction story: "Spaghetti."
5.  Discuss characters and problems in fiction. 




Teen Class Outline (Thursday)


Class  (12/1)
Fiction
1.  Read a poem aloud. ("The Dream of Now")
2.  Read the remainder of the short story "The Three Musketeers."
3. Finish reviewing the short story structure handout.
4. Students will write and I will confer.

Class (12/8)
Fiction
1. Read a poem aloud.  ("Poem") (p.167)
2.  Discuss setting in fiction stories and show them the poster.
3.  Read the fiction story "Popularity" to the students.  Read the beginning of "Moves in the Game of Life."
4.  Students will work on their stories.

Class (12/15)
Fiction
1.  Read a poem by Langston Hughes. "Dreams."
2. Finish reading "Moves in the Game of Life." Also read "Spaghetti" by Cynthia Rylant.
3.  Discuss endings in fiction.
4.  Students work on their editing checklists.  Stories will be due after the break.

Class (1/5)
Fiction/Literary Essays
1. Read the poem "Flowerless."
2.  Share student fiction stories with each other.
3.  Share a video of the story "Fly Away Home."
4.  Students will choose a story that they will use for a literary essay.

Class (1/12)
Literary Essays
1. Read the poem "Skylight Man."
2. Finish sharing fiction stories.
3.  Discuss homework.
4. Read a sample literary essay about "Raymond's Run."
5.  Students will begin an outline.


Class (1/19)
Fiction
1.  Read the poem "Litany."
2.  Read another literary essay.
3. Students will work on their outlines.
4.  I will show them how to write an intro paragraph and their body paragraphs.


Class (1/26)
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "How Can I Describe?"
2.  Read more examples of literary essays.
3.  Discuss putting in bits of summary and quotes.
4.  Students will work on essays.

Class (2/2)
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "Homemade Swimming Hole."
2.  Discuss how to write a conclusion for a literary essay.
3.  Walk around and look at the student essays so far.

Class (2/9)
Literary Essays
1.  Read the poem "Out."
2.  Have students finish up essays.
3.  Introduce and pass out the editing checklists for those who are finished with their first draft.


Class 2/16)
Literary Essays/Poetry
1.  Poem: "When I Was Searching for a Poem"
2.  Share completed literary essays.
3.  Introduce Free Verse poetry.  Discuss line breaks and poems about a "thing."

Class (2/23)
Poetry
1.  Poem:
2.  Share poetry that students wrote for homework.
3.  Introduce the idea of poems that have strong feelings, and poems that tell a story.


Class 
Free Verse Poetry
1.  Students warm up by writing a journal piece. 
2.  Read aloud a selection of poetry. ("Guilt" and "Mail Call")
3.  Introduce Free Verse Poetry.
4.  Explain that poems usually start with a strong feeling, and image, and can start off using "I."
5.  Read some poems from Georgia Heard's book about poetry.  Read some "I" poems also. 
6.  Point out that poetry often uses regular sentences, but it doesn't have to. 
6.  Students will choose a subject and write about it. 
7.  Read some Billy Collins' poetry:  "Consolation," "Budapest," and the John Whalen one.  


Class 9

1. Students journal. 
2.  Read a book, The Other Way to Listen. Read a poem.  ("Where I'm From")
3.  Discuss stanzas in poetry.
4.  The next part of today's lesson is about figurative language and using "poets' eyes".
5.  Students write and I confer.


Class 10 (11/5 and 11/9)
Free Verse Poetry

1.  Read aloud a selection of poetry. ("Famous")
3.  We will discuss poems that tell a story today.  
4. In order to have your poem sound like a poem and not just a personal narrative, you can use techniques such as patterning, repetition and rhythm.  
5. Students will write.  

Class 11 (11/12)
Free Verse Poetry

1.  Read aloud a selection of poetry. ("The Red Wheelbarrow")
2.  The  lesson today is about "Celebration Poems." Students may choose to write one.
3.  I will also discuss cutting poems down to fewer words, with an example.
4.  I will discuss how to create a final copy of your poem for next week.
5.  Students write and I confer.


Class 11 and 12 (11/16 and 11/19)
Free Verse Poetry/Fiction

1.  Read a poem.  ("The Red Wheelbarrow" for the Monday Class and "The Tree" for the Thursday class.)
2.  Read Hailstones and Halibut Bones.  
3.  Students will share the poems they wrote for homework.