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Monday, 12/4--Elementia, Theme, Draft 1

Tuesday, 12/5--Introduction, Expectations, Journal writing, 

Wednesday,12/6--Draft 2: Found poems  (Revise found poem) Structure of a poem

Thursday, 12/7--Tone, Mood, Theme in sample poems and songs

Friday, 12/8--Examples of poetry/songs  (identify tone, mood, theme) 

Monday, 12/11--Writing Prompt:  Moments of Change, Draft 3: List Poem

Tuesday, 12/12--Figurative language  Draft 4:  quote, lyrics, phrase

Wednesday, 12/13--

Thursday, 12/14--Writing Workshop

Friday, 12/15--Writing Workshop

Learning Targets

Unit Learning Targets


RL.7.4- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

•      I can define and identify various forms of figurative language (e.g., simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia). (K) 

•      I can distinguish between literal language (it means exactly what is says) and figurative language (sometimes what you say is not exactly what you mean). (K)

•      I can recognize the difference between denotative  meaning (all words have a dictionary definition) and a connotative meaning (K)

•      I can analyze why authors choose words and phrases (tone) to create an overall feel (mood) for the reader. (R)


RL.7.5 Analyze how a drama or poem’s form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning.

•      I can recognize the differences between the form/structure used in stories and the form/structure used in dramas and poems. (K)

•      I can analyze the form/structure of a poem (e.g., rhyming, line breaks, free verse) and explain how a poet’s choice of the form/structure affects the overall meaning. (R)


MAP – Learning Continuum:

  • Determines main idea in poetry
  • Summarize poetry
  • Determine theme in poetry
  • Identifies: alliteration, allusion, hyperbole, metonym, onomatopoeia, symbolism, personification
  • Infers author’s attitude in poetry
  • Analyze tone in poetry
  • Analyze rhythm in poetry
  • Determines rhyme scheme
  • Determines mood in poetry
  • Identifies couplet in poetry
  • Identifies stanzas in poetry

Writing Prompts


Whether there's never enough...You've got too much on your hands...Or it's on your side...Time, the only constant that is constantly changing, rearranging our lives and brains and bodies by the second.  Whether it's daylight savings, time travel or being late to school, we can't help but watch the minutes tick by.


Elementia Submissions can be about whatever timely topic might strike your fancy.

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