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Reading Poetry: The Swing by Robert Lewis Stevenson

September 2, 2014

Readiness Standard 3.8 Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of fiction and provide evidence from text to support their understanding.

Supportive Standard 3.6 Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of poetry and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to describe the characteristics of various forms of poetry and how they create imagery (e.g., narrative poetry, lyrical poetry, humorous poetry, free verse).

The Swing This is a Power Point that includes the poem and questions based on the TEK/STAAR  format.
I suggest that the poem be read aloud each day.
Students can illustrate what the poem helps them to visualize.
Students can use the Think-Pair-Share cooperative learning strategy to ask relevant questions and discuss what they think about the poem.
Students can practice fluency by reading the poem to each other.
The teacher can discuss the elements of poetry used by the poet.

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