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Advice to Youth on Things now GONE

examining personal philiosophies about life and time with an original poem or song

This lesson was created by Northern Nevada Writing Project Consultant Amie Newberry.

This writing prompt is inspired by the song

"Gone" by Switchfoot

Click here to do a Google search for the lyrics.

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Poetry and music are unmistakably intermixed, and in this lesson, we focus on the word choice and idea development of both song and poem. After listening to the modern song and reading the famous old poem, “Gone” by Switchfoot and “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” by Robert Herrick--students will analyze their own experiences with these the concept of “life” and “time.” They will create their own song or poem about their life philosophy.  Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait for this lesson is idea development; writers’ final poems/songs will be driven by each student’s personal philosophy on life. . The supporting skill is word choice ; since poems and songs are created with few words, students will work on choosing the perfect words for their poem/song that evokes images, emotion, and passion for their idea. .

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