mimicking Wallace Stevens when writing about any topic of study
This lesson was created by NNWP Teacher Consultant Corbett Harrison. You can access all of Corbett's on-line lessons by clicking here.
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This lesson inspired by a famous poem by Wallace Stevens: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.
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 pre-writing process. A teacher model of the notebook page can be seen at left. Click on the image at left to see a full-page, printable version of the writer's notebook page inspired by this newly revised lesson. You can visit WritingFix's Writer's Notebook Resources Homepage to access more lessons and prompts revised to inspire effective modeling of writer's notebooks for our student writers.
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Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:
Student writers will select four different stanzas from Wallace Stevens' "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird." Choosing a different topic (other than a blackbird) to write about, they will borrow Stevens' sentence structures and write an impersonation of the four stanzas they have chosen. When all four stanzas are read together, the student will show that he/she has gained new knowledge about the topic being explored through this writing. Teachers: click here to read the entire lesson plan.
6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:
The focus trait in this writing assignment is idea development; students will hone in on interesting details and facts about their topics, and they will explore details within these facts in their stanzas. The support trait in this assignment is sentence fluency; impersonating Stevens' sentence structures will make a writer more aware of the language's complexity.