Standards as Target of Focus This Semester

“What standard are you using as a target of focus this semester? How can you link activities for different learning styles to this standard?”

I want to teach the Second Grade.  I am going to focus this semester on the Common Core Standard listed below:

Craft and Structure*

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.4 Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

I chose this particular standard because I have a background in both English and Music, and can think of many creative ways to teach this standard.  I am classically trained on both violin and piano, and can think of many ways to demonstrate rhythm to my students.  My bachelors degree is in English, and therefore I also understand the technichalities of the literature as well.

Therefore, to demonstrate this CCS, I can imagine myself with an instrument, such as a drum or wooden block, tapping out the beat while reading a poem aloud.  This would help students understand the “tempo” of the poem, and realize that there is a metric quality to the words on the page.  (Thus understanding that it is more of a piece of “art” versus just written lines.)

I will then tie in this newly discovered rhythm to the meaning of the poem or reading. I will explain to students how the rhymes, beat, and other literary techniques help us discover the true meaning of the poem.

I look forward to further planning and fleshing out my ideas for this lesson plan.
*Works Cited: http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/2

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