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1 Focus Poetry Plan Week 1 May you have warm words on a cold evening, A full moon on a dark night, And the road downhill all the way to your door. - Mary Engelbreit Monday Read the poem together and discuss the author s purpose and the meaning or theme. This initial comprehension work sets them up to study the poem more closely the rest of the week. The author s purpose is to wish the reader well. The author hopes that the reader always has the best of the situation to make life a little easier when traveling through life. Tuesday Read the poem together and discuss some key vocabulary words or phrases. Write these words on note cards so that you can add them to the vocabulary list. Warm Words The author might mean that words exchanged on a cold night would be just what the readers needs, the words are comforting and make them feel good. The words are not literacy warm but create that feeling within anyone on a cold evening. The Road Downhill things in general and in life are usually easier downhill vs. uphill. Uphill is often used to symbolize challenge, so downhill would be the opposite of challenge, and the author wants the reading to have a easy time in their travels home vs. a challenging time. Full Moon on a dark night a full moon would be a bright moon and a bright moon would help anyone see anything if the night was dark. Could also be a metaphor like they see or I get it when things may have been fuzzy or unclear before. Wednesday Read the poem together and discuss a grammar skill found in the poem. This could be anything from prefixes to commas. Write the skill on a note card so that you can add it to your list of grammar skills. Read the poem together and discuss a grammar skill found in the poem. This could be anything from prefixes to commas. Write the skill on a note card so that you can add it to your list of grammar skills. Nouns words, evening, moon, night, road, door Thursday Read the poem together and discuss a poetic device (stanzas, line breaks, rhyme, alliteration, etc.) found in the poem. Write the skill and a brief definition on a note card so that you can add it to your list of poetry skills. 1 stanza, 1 sentence, 9 line breaks, opposites with warm & cold, full and dark

2 Friday Read the poem together and have students respond to it orally or in writing. They might have a discussion about inferences they are making, you could give them a copy of the poem and let them draw a picture of how it makes them feel, or they could highlight the rhyming words. No rhyming words. but would be a good poem for them to illustrate each wish.

3 May you have warm words on a cold evening, A full moon on a dark night, And the road downhill all the way to your door. - Mary Engelbreit warm words on a cold night full moon on a dark night road downhill all the way to your door

4 Focus Poetry Plan Week 2 The moon has a face like the clock in the hall; She shines on thieves on the garden wall, On streets and fields and harbor quays, And birdies asleep in the forks of the trees. The squalling cat and the squeaking mouse, The howling dog by the door of the house, The bat that lies in bed at noon, All love to be out by the light of the moon. clock Monday But all of the things that belong to the day Cuddle to sleep to be out of her way; And flowers and children close their eyes Till up in the morning the sun shall rise. essayist - Robert Louis Stevensonowriter, and Read the poem together and discuss the author s purpose and the meaning or theme. This initial comprehension work sets them up to study the poem more closely the rest of the week. The author wanted the reader to know that at night the moon shines on everything, good and bad, if you re out at night, the moon will shine on you, whether you want to be shined on or not. The message in stanza 2 is that some animals are night creatures that do their thing at night, not so much during the day. Stanza 3 wants the reader to know that not everybody likes to play at night, flowers and children use the night time to sleep and recharge for play in the day. Tuesday Read the poem together and discuss some key vocabulary words or phrases. Write these words on note cards so that you can add them to the vocabulary list. Thieves on a garden wall - as if (robbers) are doing things at night they shouldn t be doing and running away Harbor Quays a wharf where ships dock in the harbor Fork in the tree as if branches and twigs grow in the shape of forks in the tree Squalling noisy Squeaking small high pitch noises

5 Wednesday Read the poem together and discuss a grammar skill found in the poem. This could be anything from prefixes to commas. Write the skill on a note card so that you can add it to your list of grammar skills. Read the poem together and discuss a grammar skill found in the poem. This could be anything from prefixes to commas. Write the skill on a note card so that you can add it to your list of grammar skills. Commas denote where the author wanted the reader to take a breath Thursday Read the poem together and discuss a poetic device (stanzas, line breaks, rhyme, alliteration, etc.) found in the poem. Write the skill and a brief definition on a note card so that you can add it to your list of poetry skills. 3 stanzas, Personification of the moon she shines has a face out of her way Friday Read the poem together and have students respond to it orally or in writing. They might have a discussion about inferences they are making, you could give them a copy of the poem and let them draw a picture of how it makes them feel, or they could highlight the rhyming words. Visualization picture one scene in your mind from the poem and draw THAT picture below the poem.

6 The moon has a face like the clock in the hall; She shines on thieves on the garden wall, On streets and fields and harbor quays, And birdies asleep in the forks of the trees. The squalling cat and the squeaking mouse, The howling dog by the door of the house, The bat that lies in bed at noon, All love to be out by the light of the moon. But all of the things that belong to the day Cuddle to sleep to be out of her way; And flowers and children close their eyes Till up in the morning the sun shall rise. - Robert Louis Stevensonowriter

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