Flipped Lessons for Poetry

Today, Dana and I had the privilege of attending TCRWP’s 2nd Annual Digital Learning Day! It was truly an honor to be in the presence of such incredible educators and to present on flipped learning in writing workshop.

In honor of National Poetry Month, the following is a flipped lesson my students use to help them edit and prepare their poems for publishing. I shared this flipped lesson today during our presentation. Flipped lessons can be used in the classroom as well as at home. They are an invaluable resource that helps students access instruction when they need it, and they can help make your writing workshop more engaging and efficient. Throughout my poetry unit, I flipped lessons on line breaks and white space, personification, similes & metaphors, and punctuation.

When preparing a flipped lesson in writing workshop, be sure to include these tips for elementary and middle school students in particular:

  • Let students know what materials they need to have. They can pause the lesson to gather them if needed.
  • State 1 to 3 clear objectives. Inform students what they should be able to do as a result of this lesson.
  • Provide clear instruction for students to learn.
  • Make your lesson interactive. This can be as simple as asking students to answer specific questions, to working on a specific piece of writing, to accessing a link to a website to continue instruction.
  • Keep the lesson short! All roads should lead to writing and this is what students should spend the majority of their time doing.
  • Follow up with students in class to assess how they were able to apply instruction and to address any questions they might have.

Try flipping a lesson for your poetry unit and continue to enjoy poetry during the rest of this month and beyond!

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