Notices and Wonders of the Second Stanza of “If”

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Here is a lesson plan that asks pupils to analyze poetry, and sparks discussion about two different types of texts; asking how is the poem, If by Rudyard Kipling, alike and different from the story, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis? Learners display their conclusions on a Venn digram graphic organizer.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • For those that did not complete the reading assignment, provide them with a quiet supervised area to complete the assigned reading, and make the Venn diagram a homework assignment 
  • Create a large Venn diagram completed with pupils' findings, and referenced throughout the unit 
Classroom Considerations
  • Copies are required 
  • Turn to Included Materials to locate materials required from prior lessons
  • The fourth in a series of 17 lesson plans designed to accompany the novel Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Teaching notes describe how activities meet the needs of all learners 
  • Cooperative learning strategies are incorporated throughout the lesson 
  • The plan is written clearly and in detail
  • None
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