Unit 2: Writing to Learn about Poetry
In this unit, students apply what they have learned in Unit 1 to further explore poetry through writing. Students begin the unit with a shared writing experience, writing a summary of the first half of the novel Love That Dog by Sharon Creech. Then, they complete their reading of the book with a focus on what inspired Jack as a writer. Students are guided in finding and organizing evidence for this prompt in preparation for a book discussion with peers. For the mid-unit assessment, students write a summary of the full novel (RL.4.2, W.4.9, W.4.2.a, b).
In the second half of the unit, students are introduced to the performance task (which has three parts; see stand-alone document). They continue to focus on learning about poetry through writing, now by writing their own poems. Students choose from a selected group of poets to study more deeply, and in small “poet groups” will read and analyze new poems by these poets. Then, students will write an inspired poem as one part of the performance task. Students will then be introduced to the peer critique process and use what they have learned about poetry to revise their original poems with a focus on imagery. The unit ends with students reading and analyzing a new poem for the end of unit assessment (RL.4.5, L.4.5a).