Native American Voices
This lesson is the third in the Native American Literature unit, the first unit in MrsSperry.com’s complete, year-long, American Literature course. In this 50 minute lesson, students continue the second lesson and explicate "Song of the Sky Loom."
This lesson plan
Students' notes from previous lessons
A teacher's computer with Internet access and an LCD projector or the following printouts
Use the two strategies of multiple readings and asking questions to understand a poem.
Explicate a poem.
Write an explication of "Song of the Sky Loom" which meets the requirements set forth in the rubric.
Step: 1 Duration: 15 minutes – Skills Target 1 and 2
Briefly review Lessons 1 and 2. Preview today's targets and have students state purpose for today’s reading. Direct students to complete answering "Song of the Sky Loom" Questions.
Step 2: Duration 15 minutes – Knowledge Target 1
Discuss answers to "Song of the Sky Loom" Questions. Pass out handouts or project on a screen the handout at http://mrssperry.com/Explications.htm. Click on the link that shows a bad and a good explication. To show them one about a different poem, you may use this link. After reading the handout, ask students to state the definition of explication.
Step 3: Duration 30 minutes – Skills Targets 2 and 3. Have students use http://mrssperry.com/Song%20of%20sky%20loom%20w%20questions.htm and the rubric to write an explication of "Song of the Sky Loom." Teachers may want to preview for themselves the sample explication at http://mrssperry.com/song_of_the_sky_loom.htm.
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