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A Literature-Inspired Writing Lesson from WritingFix
Focus Trait: IDEA DEVELOPMENT Support Trait: VOICE

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A Poem For Two Voices
for Dr. Jekyll
& Mr. Hyde

creating partner poems inspired by literature and a song, then writing original poems about new topics

This lesson was built for WritingFix after being proposed by Nevada teacher Temoca Dixon at an AT&T-sponsored in-service class for teachers.

The intended "mentor text" to be used when teaching this on-line lesson is The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Before writing, students should listen to and discuss the writing style of this book's author, especially from pages 124-128 of the book.

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Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Have you ever had an argument with yourself? We can sometimes find ourselves taking two different sides of an argument or having various opinions about an idea. Students will read about the opposing characters, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from the novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and create their own opposing characters. Teachers: click here to read the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait for this lesson is idea development; students will use the pre-determined structure of a "poem for two voices" to explore unique ideas. The support trait for this lesson is voice; student writers will convey the opposite points of view--convincingly--even though both P.O.V.s come from the same character's head.

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