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Feel the Beat

Poetry and dance come together in this fun lesson! After reading a book of poems about dance moves, students create their own poem and dance performances.
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Students will be able to write poems to represent dances.

(5 minutes)
  • Ask students to share their favorite dance moves.
  • Call on students to come up to the front of the class to show their dance moves.
(20 minutes)
  • Read aloud Feel the BeatBy Marilyn Singer.
  • Tell students that the book represented different dances through poems.
  • Look closely at the poem for the cha-cha. Analyze how the poem represented the cha-cha with words.
(10 minutes)
  • Choose an established dance or make up your own dance move.
  • Tell students that you are going to write a poem about your dance.
  • Model how to create a poem to represent the dance.
(15 minutes)
  • Have students pick or create a dance of their choice.
  • Hand out paper to students and have them write their own poems.

Support: Select a dance for students to write a poem about.

Enrichment:Have students write a book of poems about different dances.

(5 minutes)
  • Assess how students are creating poems that represent dance moves.
(5 minutes)
  • Call on pairs to read their poems and, if possible, do their dance moves.

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