Lesson Plan
Title:  Eight Lines about home
Subject:  Social Studies
Grade Level:  7 - 8
This lesson will combine the writing of a Quatrain poem (ELA) and the study of the student's home town (SS) to create a short eight-line poem.
Approximate Duration:  One 90 minute class plus time for typing
Content Standards:
  • History: Time, Continuity, and Change
         Students develop a sense of historical time and historical perspective as they study the history of their community, state, nation, and world.
  • H-1D-M1
         describing the contributions of people, events, movements, and ideas that have been significant in the history of Louisiana;
Interdisciplinary Connections:  
  • English/Language Arts : Standard Two
         Students write competently for a variety of purposes and audiences.
  • English/Language Arts : Standard Three
         Students communicate using standard English grammar, usage, sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and handwriting.
  • English/Language Arts : Standard Six
         Students read, analyze, and respond to literature as a record of life experiences.
Educational Technology Standards:  
  • Use technology tools (e.g., multimedia authoring, writing tools, digital cameras, drawing tools, web tools) to gather information for problem solving, communication, collaborative writing and publishing to create products for various audiences.
The learner will: create an brainstorm web about good things about their city.
The learner will: compose an eight-line (Quatrain)poem about the their hometown (city of Lake Charles).
Lesson Materials and Resources:
Handouts including samples
Technology Tools and Materials:



•Student Samples

Background Information:
Students will use knowledge of their own community to create poem. When the students first enter the classroom everyday, they routinely receive an "LA Gumbo" five-minute activity to be completed during the first few minutes of class. The LA Gumbo for today will require students to list several things they LIKE about their city and several things they DISLIKE.
Lesson Procedures:
1. Before the students enter the classroom, they will receive a copy of the LaGumbo with written directions.
a. The instructions will be listed on the handout but not read orally. I will answer questions as necessary.
b. The students will be allowed 5-7 minutes to complete the activity. This will be a pre-writing activity and the students can refer back to it as they are writing their poem if they get writers block.
2. I will state the purpose of the lesson. If some students have not completed the LaGumbo, I will tell them they may complete it after I finish giving directions for the poem.
3. I will pass out and read a copy of an example of the poem they will write and explain to the students that the poem must contain eight lines, eight syllables per line, and have a rhyming pattern.
4. I will remind the students what a syllable is and how to count syllables.
5. I will brief the students on the different rhyming patterns they can use.
6. I will tell the students how they can earn extra credit by creating a PowerPoint slide.
7. I will tell the students to start writing their poems and pass out the handout on which they will write their final draft.
8. I will walk around the room offering assistance and answering questions.
Assessment Procedures:
The students will have a copy of the rubric which will determine their grade.
Visual learners will benefit from written directions.
Auditory learners will benefit from oral instruction.
To benefit social learners, students will be allowed to work quietly and share ideas with others at their table groups.
Early finishers will be allowed to begin creating their PowerPoint presentations on the computers in the classroom as available.
Reproducible Materials:
Explorations and Extensions:
Extensions of this lesson will include allowing those students who finish early and have their poems check the opportunity to type their work on a Power-Point slide. These slides will be grouped together to be used as a presentation during open house or other functions.
Lesson Development Resources:
I've taught this lesson several times (some in conjuntion with the ELA teacher). By keeping the poem in a tight Quatrain form the students don't wander off and have problems with assignment.
Contact Information:
Greg English
Oak Park Middle School
Additional Contacts:
Erin Cobb
EDUC 322-A
MarcoPolo Lesson:  No