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1 Brain Targeted Teaching Model By: Matthew Lewis
Poetry and Prose Unit Brain Targeted Teaching Model By: Matthew Lewis

2 BTT 1: Emotional Climate
This 7th grade unit in poetry focuses on the different ways a poet expresses themselves and how poetry can be structured to add meaning. Students will be encouraged to express themselves in by drawing on meaningful, personal experiences. Students may be hesitant to express themselves in an open forum.

3 BTT 1: Emotional Climate
The following will be implemented by the teacher to ensure a safe and positive learning environment: modeling of how to use personal experiences in writing. support positive, specific and personal feedback on student ideas and work by teacher and students (using the “what I like about it…..” model). use meet the author activities to teach diversity, adversity, acceptance. implement positive behavior rewards, student of the week, and classroom procedures. provide students several ways to demonstrate and present their learning.

4 BT 1: My Poetry example to students
I created this book for my son Elijah when he was born (almost 18 years ago). I wrote the poem and then used paper cuts to show the “seasons” of life. This framed version was done for him to enjoy (he still thinks it’s cool) The poem reads: ON A SUNNY DAY YOU WERE BORN, CAME ALL MY FEELINGS MY HEART REBORN, AS I SMILED UPON YOUR FACE, I KNEW OF HOPE AND KNEW OF GRACE, AND WHEN I HELD YOU CLOSE TO ME, HEART TO HEART TENDERLY, I THANKED THE HEAVENS FROM ABOVE, AND HELD YOU CLOSER MY BABY LOVE….MY LOVE ALWAYS dad

5 Title: My Special Gift

6 BTT 2: Physical Environment
Arrange students desks in a circular, conference style to promote collaboration. Student background knowledge displayed in “gallery walk”. Color coded unit vocabulary and graphic organizers prominently displayed for quick retrieval. Unit concept map posted to promote student interaction. Need it/Got it wall for students to continually self access their understanding of unit concepts. Rotating installations and Postings of student work, student made content posters, and artwork.

7 BT 2: Student Artwork

8 BTT 2: Physical Environment
Display and Discuss the “Quote of the Day” to encourage positive participation. Music is played during the warm up or creative activities. Weekly work board displayed that will contain content covered and assignments. All classroom windows open for natural light. Focus areas in the room have been painted. Student helpers will help fill in or arrange the boards.

9 BT 2: Color Coded Unit Wall
Arranged from left to right, in the order we taught the units. Students often retrieve “old” unit vocabulary to build upon the current unit.

10 BT 2: “Need It – Got it” Wall
Students take the diagnostic portion of the unit test to develop their – “need its”. Through out the unit students will move their need its to the “got it” side. The post its for each class are different colored, which serves as a great visual reference for the teacher to see how a class or student is progressing.

11 BT 2: Quotes of the day Inspirational Quotes

12 BT 3: The Learning Experience
For students to KNOW: Hyperbole Extended Metaphor Lyric Poem Narrative Poem Sonnet Ode Limerick Internal Rhyme Exact Rhyme Couplet Triplet

13 BT 3: The Learning Experience
For Students to UNDERSTAND: Writing can come in many different forms, including prose and poetry. Both use specific conventions and forms to convey universal themes and evoke emotions.

14 BT 4: Teaching for Mastery For students to DO: (Common Core Unit Content Standards Taught):
-7.R.L.4: Determining the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings. -7.R.L.5: Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure contributes to its meaning. -7.R.L.7: Compare and Contrast a written story, drama, or poem to it’s audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (light, sound, color). The Common Core Standards taught are the skills and concepts that need to be mastered. Taken from the Common Core Standards Application and Learning Focused Tool Box.

15 BT 4: Teaching for Mastery
For students to DO continued: 7.R.I.1: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of textual meaning (explicit and implied). 7.R.L.9:Compare and Contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history.

16 BT 4: Student Learning Map (Handout)
All Unit Development for the Poetry and Prose Unit was completed as a collaborative effort by the 7th grade Language Arts Team: Ronda McBryde, Altee McMillian, Tiffany Ryfe, Bill Everett, Ashley Colligan, and myself.

17 BT 4: Posted Student Learning Map (Interactive)

18 BT 5: Big Picture Activities
Student Poetry Portfolio (written arts) Poetry Slam (performing arts) Author Study (visual arts) Poetry and Prose Unit Test (assessment) *Allow Creative Expression in as many forms as possible

19 BT 6: Authentic Assessment Author Study Collage
I photographed this collage at Project Zero. A presenter was sharing student work, including this Langston Hughes Collage. This is my model of what a great extended thinking activity would be that pulls together the unit in a creative and fun way. The collage that follows is another awesome student masterpiece!


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