|Students will learn how to write a shape poem. A shape poem is a poem written about an object that is written in the shape of that object. Students will do this on the computer using a word processing application. They will learn how to change the line spacing, use the auto fill date feature, add a title, center align text, and insert shapes.|
Here are some examples of Shape Poems that we found on the Internet:
This is based on the Star Light, Star Bright example.
Step 1: Start the word processing application. Double click on the Microsoft Word icon
Step 2: Have the students type their name then press <enter>
Step 3: Have them start typing the date. Have them notice that the auto fill feature occurs when they finish the month and type <space>. Have the students press <enter> to insert the date. Then press <enter> again.
Step 4: Have the students change the line spacing to '1.0' located on the paragraph menu.
Step 5: Have the students change the alignment to 'center' located on the paragraph menu. Then have them type the title "Star Light, Star Bright" and then press <enter><enter><enter><enter>
Step 6: Have the students highlight the title. There are multiple ways to do this:
Step 7: Select the style type 'Title'.
Step 8: Press the down arrow key four times.
Step 9: Have the students type S<enter>T<enter>A<enter>R<enter>LIGHT<enter>.... until the poem is complete.
Step 10: Then have the students insert shapes to enhance the shape poem. To insert shape, select the 'Insert tab' and then click on the 'Shapes menu' and select a shape.
Step 11: Now have the students delete what they've done and create their own Shape Poem.
Step 12: When complete, have the students save the file to their personal folder. Additionally, you can have them print a copy of their poem.
Use the following Rubric to assess the student's work:
|Did they enter the date|
Did not enter the date
Entered date properly
|Change Line Spacing|
Was not able to change line spacing
Changed line spacing properly
Was not able to change alignment
Was able to change alignment
|Change Style Title|
Was unable to change Title Style
Was able to change Title Style
Was unable to enter shapes
Was able to enter shapes
Did not save file to personal directory
Saved file to personal directory
|Shape Poem||Was unable to create a shape poem of their own|
Started, but didn't finish their own shape poem
Finished their own shape poem
A simpler version of a shape poem which is suitable for younger students can be found at Read Write Think.
And here's a Microsoft Powerpoint shape poem lesson plan.
Last Updated ( Monday, 24 May 2010 13:46 )