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An I-Pod Inspired Writing Lesson from WritingFix
Focus Trait: IDEA DEVELOPMENT Support Trait: VOICE

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This Lesson's Title:

A Call
for Change

crafting a poem or paragraph that persuades others to pay attention

This lesson was proposed by NNWP Consultant Rebekah Foster at the NNWP's iPods Across the Curriculum inservice class.

This lesson is inspired by Bob Dylan's

"The Times They Are A-Changin'"

Click here to do a Google search for the lyrics.


Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

The world is an ever changing place, and through this lesson students will have a chance to send a call out for change. Using Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’ as an inspiration and a model, students will brainstorm change, people who can and should make this change, as well as tools which can be used for initiating change. Their final product will be either a poem that models Dylan’s call for change or a prose piece which persuades someone to heed the call of this changing world. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.


6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait for this lesson is idea development; after hearing the song and analyzing the lyrics, students will be inspired to create either a poem or a persuasive piece that writes with a clear, central concept regarding a need for change. The support trait for this lesson is voice; because students are focusing on what they personally feel needs to be changed in the world, their poems and persuasive pieces will convey this passion for change to the reader.


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