Poetry and Paragraphs: a 16-Week Course of Integrated Literature, Research, and Paragraph Writing for Middle School and Early High School



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Homework Day 1


Find a poem by the author about whom you wrote in your biography report. Memorize at least one stanza (about 4 lines) for those 10 and under and 2 more lines

Homework Day 2


Paraphrase the poem (stop at 10-20 lines for longer poems).

Homework Day 3


Revise your paraphrase following these criteria:
My paraphrase has a title

My name and the date appear in the top RIGHT corner

My paraphrase has a topic sentence

My paraphrase contains at least 3 supporting details

My paraphrase contains at least 4 sentences if am 10, and one more for each additional year of age

My paraphrase is free of errors in spelling/apostrophe use

My paraphrase contains no more than 2 forms of “to be”

My paraphrase contains no errors in grammar


Continue revising until your poem meets all of the grading criteria.
Week 10: A Little Literary
Recite your poem to your family and submit your paraphrase to your teacher for grading.



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