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Concrete Poem Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about concrete poems with this lesson plan. Students will watch a video lesson that explains what concrete poems are and provides examples. Guided and independent writing help students gradually perfect the craft.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe a concrete poem
  • write a concrete poem

Length

1 hour for the lesson plus time for independent writing

Materials

  • Paper
  • Art materials such as markers and colored pencils
  • Samples of concrete poems

Key Vocabulary

  • Concrete poem
  • Visual/pattern poetry
  • Altar poems

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.10

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Instructions

  • Show students some samples of concrete poems and ask them to share their thoughts and reactions. Discuss what makes this type of poetry unique.
  • Start the video lesson Concrete Poetry: Definition & Examples and pause at 1:40. Discuss:
    • Why are concrete poems sometimes called visual or pattern poetry?
    • How was concrete poetry used in ancient times?
    • How did concrete poetry change in the 50's and 60's?
    • What do contemporary writers of concrete poetry enjoy exploring?
  • Restart the video and pause at 2:08. Ask:
    • What topics were typically represented in concrete poetry during the Renaissance?
    • What is altar poetry?
  • Restart the lesson and pause again at 2:39. Discuss:
    • How does this concrete poem nuance the word's meaning?
    • What does it mean that Gomringer experimented with the 'bounds of human sense-making ability?'
  • Work with students to create a concrete poem in this style, using the repeated word to appeal to all sense, as a guided writing activity.
  • Play the remainder of the video lesson.
  • Take the quiz together to check understanding.

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