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Found Poetry Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Pack a punch in your instruction on found poetry with the help of a Study.com video lesson and an interactive classroom activity. Use the discussion questions to further a students understanding of rhythm and meter.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define rhythm
  • identify types of meter in poetry
  • create an example of found poetry using a classic poem

Length

30 minutes to 1 hour

Materials

  • Notebook paper
  • Pens or pencils
  • White board or chalk board
  • Dry erase markers or chalk
  • Tablet, computer, or projector to access lesson

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2.D

Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

Key Vocabulary

  • Rhythm
  • Meter
  • Iamb
  • Trochee
  • Spondee
  • Anapest
  • Dactyl

Instructions

  • Begin by asking students to write a definition on their papers for rhythm.
  • Now show the Study.com video lesson What is Rhythm in Poetry? - Definition & Examples, pausing at 2:07.
  • As the students are watching the video lesson, write the following words on the board:

TYPES OF METER:

IAMB

TROCHEE

SPONDEE

ANAPEST

DACTYL

  • With the video lesson paused at 2:07, ask students to revise their definition of rhythm according to what they've learned in the lesson. In addition, have students write an example for each of the terms written on the board.
  • Now resume the video lesson and pause again at 3:00.
  • Ask students to respond to the narrator's question regarding the meter of Dickinson's poem on their papers.
  • Start the video lesson again and pause at 3:58.
  • Once again ask the students to respond to the narrator's question regarding meter in Poe's poem.
  • Now play the remainder of the video lesson for the class.

Activity

  • Tell students they are going to create a found poem. Define found poetry if necessary.
  • Have the students select either poem featured in the video lesson and change the meter to a different type. This may require students to change some words.
  • Finally, have students share their poems for the class as their classmates try to identify the type of meter used.

Discussion Questions

  • How do changes in meter impact the tone and meaning of the poem?
  • Can multiple types of meter be used successfully together?

Extensions

  • Ask students to rework their favorite songs as they did the poems in class. Does this make the song more likable or does it take away the appeal?
  • Have students listen to three popular songs as a class. As they listen, students should try to identify the elements of rhythm and meter.
  • Have students rework the sentiments on old greeting cards according to the principles learned in the lesson to create found poetry.

Related Lessons

Closed Form Poetry: Definition & Examples

Anapest: Characteristics, Overview

Iamb: Definition & Examples

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