Noticing Poetry

Introduce scholars to the "I Notice" method, a different approach to studying poetry. Instructors first model the noticing method by identifying words and images that appeal on the sonic level, the ideational level, the sensory level, and the visual level. Jigsaw groups practice this same approach, using cards that list the steps for each level. Scholars then record their observations on an "I Notice" Poem Level Meter and note relationships between the different levels. Finally, individuals practice the method and then demonstrate they can recognize the four levels independently.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Print each of the four cards on different colored card stock
  • Provide learners with four markers in the same colors as the cards
  • Laminate the cards to permit reuse
Classroom Considerations
  • Instructors should read through the entire packet and practice the modeling of the four-step method
  • Class members need access to computers with internet
  • Requires copies and color markers
Pros
  • The step-by-step plan is richly detailed and carefully scaffolded to ensure all learners can be successful
Cons
  • None