The All-Purpose Multimedia Poetry Beast

Unit Plan

Warwick Downs
Adapted by Linda Scott
College Prep-Honors
5 weeks or so

California Language Arts Content Standards
Standards Addressed in this Unit
2.0Speaking Applications (Genres and their Characteristics) 11/12
2.3 Deliver oral responses to literature:
  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the significant ideas of literary works (e.g., make assertions about the text that are reasonable and supportable).
  2. Analyze the imagery, language, universal themes, and unique aspects of the text through the use of rhetorical strategies (e.g., narration, description, persuasion, exposition, a combination of those strategies).
  3. Support important ideas and viewpoints through accurate and detailed references to the text or to other works.
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of the author's use of stylistic devices and an appreciation of the effects created.
  5. Identify and assess the impact of perceived ambiguities, nuances, and complexities within the text.
2.6 Deliver multimedia presentations:
  1. Combine text, images, and sound by incorporating information from a wide range of media, including films, newspapers, magazines, CD-ROMs, online information, television, videos, and electronic media-generated images.
  2. Select an appropriate medium for each element of the presentation.
  3. Use the selected media skillfully, editing appropriately and monitoring for quality.
  4. Test the audience's response and revise the presentation accordingly.
Supporting Standards

In this activity students explore writing and performing poetry in various forms. This process will, however, readily adapt to the teaching of any literary form.


Smiley Select and adapt these learning activities to best meet the needs of your students, and to fit the time available:

Teaching option:

Possible applications:

PHASE ONE - Reading Models

PHASE TWO - Poetic Writing

PHASE THREE - Speaking

PHASE FOUR - Web Page Design


Select a maximum of TWO for formal assessment

Close Reading

Researching the work of a poet model

Poetic Writing

Poetry anthology

Speaking using text

Recorded readings


Web page design and execution -- including (as appropriate)