Poetry Palooza! Webquest for Ms. Tanner's 4th grade class

IntroduCtion:

Wowza! Spring Break is NEXT WEEK and everyone is looking for something fun to do! In the next couple of days, many people will visit the beach, Disney World, or maybe even leave the country. In light of the upcoming VACATION, this webquest will require the class to design its own springbreak destination- a Poetry Palooza! A Palooza is "an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance." In our case, "Palooza" means an extraordinary fair or theme park. As we are deep into our 4th grade Poetry Unit, we have studied poetry forms, how to read a poem, and how to determine author's purpose. This week, you will explore author's main idea, supporting details, and how to make inferences or draw conclusions from the text. While exploring this new part of poetry, students will work together to design and put up virtual Poetry Exhibits for spring breakers to visit and interact with!

Task:

Each student will be responsible for creating a poetry exhibit in the Poetry Palooza! In order to do this, you will need to choose one of the "start up guides" below for research/quest and creation assistance. Your exhibit slide should be both informative and eye-catching! You will be responsible for answering the questions about your poem: 1) What is the title of your poem? 2) Who is the author? 3) Summarize the main idea of chosen poem. 4) Give supporting details that prove the main idea. 5) What conclusion can you draw about the author/narrator after reading this poem? Make sure to put color, pictures, games, etc. to make sure your virtual viewer has a good time on your slide.

Process:

1) Choose one of the start-up guides listed below to complete the project.

2) Click on the links listed under the start-up guide to begin your research. You will select an author and a poem from this guide!

3) Ask yourself as you research: Which poem is fun? How can I incorporate this into my slide in a unique way? What can I learn about the author? What game could I make to go along with this poem for my slide?

4) Jot down notes to answer these questions: 1) What is the title of your poem? 2) Who is the author? 3) Summarize the main idea of chosen poem. 4) Give supporting details that prove the main idea. 5) What conclusion can you draw about the author/narrator after reading this poem?

5) Once you have your research, information, and ideas planned out, go to the Google Drive Slideshow to create your exhibit slide. Make sure that it is unique and stands out from the other exhibits in the slideshow!

Google Drive Link:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1UIkBDQztP4DmTS_Gir2A7LjZL2nKPtP7fX1orpl-g-M/edit?usp=sharing

6) After your slide is completed, post an answer on the class reflection discussion board.

Start-Up Guides:

1. Author: Jack Prelutsky

http://www.jackprelutsky.com

2. Author: Arnold Adoff

http://www.arnoldadoff.com/

3. Author: Karla Kuskin

http://poetryforchildren.tripod.com/poetryforchildren/id35.html

http://poetryforchildren.tripod.com/poetryforchildren/id42.html

Conclusion:

After you finish your webquest and exhibit post, go to the class discussion board and answer these three reflection questions:

Discussion Board Link:

ms.tanners4thgradeclass.discussionboard.com

1. What is one thing you enjoyed about the "Poetry Palooza" Webquest?

2. What is one thing (if any) that you did not enjoy about the "Poetry Palooza" Webquest?

3. What is one thing you would add to the webquest to make it more interesting/fun/interactive etc.?

Evaluation:

Student will be evaluated on the quality of their final "Poetry Palooza" Google Doc slide.

Grading Guide:

5pts= Student answers all 5 questions thoroughly on their slide. Slide is colorful, creative, and interesting. Student gives discussion board reflection.

4pts= Student answers all 5 questions, but leaves out major details. Slide is colorful, but could be more creative. Student gives discussion board reflection.

3pts= Student does not answer all 5 questions, and also leaves out major details. Slide lacks colorful and creativity. Student gives discussion board reflection.

2pts= Student does not answer all 5 questions, and given answers are incomplete. Slide lacks color and creativity. Student does not give discussion board reflection.

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