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An I-Pod Inspired Poetry Lesson from WritingFix

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Poems vs. Lyrics

showing knoweldge of the difference by writing one of each

This lesson was created by Nothern Nevada teacher Crystal M. Johnson during an I-Pods Across the Curriculum Workshop for teachers.

This writing prompt is inspired by

"Addicted" sung by Kelly Clarkson (as well as two other artists' songs and three poems)

Click here to do a Google search for the lyrics.

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Often when we listen to songs, we don’t appreciate them enough for the full value of the lyrics; similarly, this same concept is overlooked with poetry as well. After listening and analyzing song lyrics and, subsequently, doing the same analysis with poems, students will discover how similar song writing and poetry writing can be. Students will get their own chance to write a small version of each genre to truly see that songs are really poems just put to music. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait for this creative writing assignment is word choice, specifically in the area of taking risks with language by using alliteration, ‘playing’ with words, and possibly inventing words. The secondary trait is idea development with emphasis selecting a unique topic to write about and using a unique technique to explore a topic.

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