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Found Poetry Lesson Plan

NAME: Shawna Hendrix

Lesson Title: Found Poetry

Grade level: 11-12

Total Time: 1 Hour

# Students:
Learning Goal:

Literacy.RI.11-12.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as

they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings;
analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone,
including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly
fresh, engaging, and beautiful.
Literacy.W.11-12.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the
development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose,
and audience.
Literacy.SL.11-12.1a: Come to discussions prepared, having read and
researched the material under study.
Literacy.L.11-12.3: Apply knowledge of language to understand how
language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for
meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or
Literacy.L.11-12.5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language,
word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

Target Goal or Skill:

Students will be able to identify key elements of poetry and create their
own found poem based off of the words/phrases chosen from Chapter 1
of Metamorphosis.

Topical question(s):

What is a found poem and how do we make one?


Students will select descriptive words or sentences from Chapter 1 of

Metamorphosis and arrange them to create their own found poetry.

(Criteria / Look

Formative Assessment:
The creation of their own found poems.

What is poetry? What is a rhyme scheme? Do all poems rhyme? Do

they all follow a specific structure? What is figurative language?

Fors/ Performance
Needs Represented
and/or Modifications
(including specific
motivational hook
where applicable)

Learning Activities:

Summative Assessment:

T: What is poetry? What are some things we know about poetry?
(Show the two examples of poetry- ask: Are these both poems?)
Learning Activities:
T: Does poetry have to rhyme?
No! But sometimes it does.
T: What is a rhyme scheme? (Show example from PPT)
T: Now, who can come up to the chalkboard and jot down the rhyme
scheme in this poem? (Show Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme Song
T: Explain free verse. There are no rules to poetry!
T: What is figurative language? Discuss (Use PPT)
Figurative language is used often in poetry and other types of literature.


T: What were going to be focusing on today is creating a found poem.

Who knows what a found poem is? Explain (Use PPT)
T: Share your example with the class. Does it rhyme? Does it have a
particular structure? Is that okay? What do you think the poem is
about? Does it have anything to do with someone turning into a bug?
Found poetry can take another work literature and transform it into
something completely different.
T: Allow students work time to complete their found poem using
Chapter 1 of Metamorphosis. Once they have completed their poem,
they can write it on the drawing paper and decorate it as they please.
Continue working on your found poem.

Language Demands:

Function: Identifying key elements of poetry and creating our own

found poems


Vocabulary: Figurative language, found poetry, rhyme scheme

Syntax: Lines of poetry, sentences, words

Discourse: Class discussion

5 Questions (Blooms How can you recognize a poem? (DOK 1)
or DOK)
What is a found poem? (DOK 1)
What is figurative language? (DOK 1)
What is your interpretation of the found poem that I created? (DOK 3)
Create your own found poem (DOK 4)
Curriculum (APA)
Investigations in
Number, Data, and
Space. (2012).


PowerPoint presentation
White drawing paper to write (and decorate) their poem on