Reading & Writing 4-5

Storytelling through Poetry, Fables, and Fairy Tales (Grades 4–5)

This course will focus on the power of narrative throughout time and culture. Why do we tell stories? What do they reveal about individuals and the societies in which people live? Why are family stories important? How do they bind people together? On a larger scale, how do stories hold cultures together? In this course, we will focus on how story is used in poetry, specifically focusing on poetry that embraces storytelling in its structure. We will read and write our own stories and poems. Students will learn the basics of narrative and storytelling, rhythm and meter, metaphoric language, and poetic forms, including limericks, ballads, and free verse. Using some of these poems as examples, students will have the opportunity to write their own stories through poetry, fables and fairy tales.

For the writing portion of the class, students will learn the following:

• The basic elements of a story. During this process, they will have various exercises teaching them how to write dialogue and create character.

• How to recognize and write symbolic language and metaphor.

• Vocabulary building will be stressed throughout the course. I will give the students worksheets that list commonly used words and synonyms that can be used in their place.

• Rhythm and meter. Students will learn how recognize stressed and unstressed syllables and the five basic meters of poetry. They also will learn how to recognize and write in rhymical units called feet.

• Types of narrative poetry, including ballads, limericks, and free verse. For the poetry workshop session, they will choose one form (or more, if they are ambitious!) to follow as they write an original poem.

Week 1: Introduction to storytelling and narrative

Week 2: Workshop: Writing dialogue and creating character

Week 3: Introduction to fables and fairy tales

Week 4: Workshop: Writing a modern fable

Week 5: Workshop: Writing a modern fairy tale

Week 6: Introduction to narrative poetry, rhythm, and meter

Week 7: Workshop: Learning how to recognize meter and scan poetry

Week 8: Introduction to ballads

Week 9: Workshop: Writing a ballad

Week 10: Workshop: writing a cowboy poem or limerick

Week 11: Cowboy poetry and limericks

Week 12: Slam poetry and free verse

Week 13: Writing a slam poem or free verse

Week 14: Student poetry presentations part

Teacher: Mrs. Marino(see teacher’s BIO

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