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An I-Pod Inspired Poetry Lesson from WritingFix
Focus Trait: WORD CHOICE Support Trait: VOICE

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poetically examining contradictory situations in the world around us

This lesson was built for WritingFix after being proposed by NNWP Teacher Consultant Jamie Priddy during an I-Pods Across the Curriculum Workshop for teachers.

This writing prompt inspired by

"Inaudible Melodies," sung by Jack Johnson.

Click here to do a Google search for the lyrics.

This is a writer's notebook-friendly lesson! This lesson has been recently revised to incorporate the creation of a writer's notebook page as part of the learning process. A teacher model of the notebook page can be seen at left.

In addition, this lesson has been synthesized with another WritingFix lesson; both lessons together work to create an even better notebook page. Click here to learn about synthesizing this lesson's big idea with another WritingFix lesson's big idea.

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Jack Johnson’s “Inaudible Melodies” creates an interesting paradox of how society perceives itself versus the reality of how society really behaves. Students will also listen to a second song using paradox in order to further understand the concept, and then they will create a paradox of their own that they feel describes the difference between perception and reality. Students will then turn their paradox into an extended poem using each song as a model for their own writing. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is word choice; after learning what a paradox is, students will choose their words carefully in order to create their own paradox and extended poem. The support trait for this writing assignment is voice; students will create a tone or mood through their words in the poem they write based on their paradox.

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