Basic Writing Academic Rhymes Lesson Plan
Step 1: Choose a topic
Choose a well-defined topic about which the students will write. This topic could be a list of vocabulary words that students have to learn, a story from history or even a math formula. Its a good idea to make the topic very specific, especially if your students are new to this.
Step 2: Teach the concept(s)
In order to write a good educational rhyme, students must first have a basic understanding of the content. Teach the content to make sure that everyone understands the terms and concepts.
Step 3: Model (optional)
You may want to provide your students with an example of a good educational rhyme that covers a similar topic. This can be one that you have written, or it can be a Flocabulary song. A model song not only gives a framework, but also helps students to feel more confident about what is expected of them.
Step 4: Write
When you're first starting out, you may choose to provide a first line to set up the information that you want to teach in the lesson. This is especially helpful for beginners because all they'll have to do is finish the couplet by writing a second line that rhymes with the first. The writing component of the lesson involves several sequential steps outlined in the lessons that follow. The writing can be done independently, in pairs or in small groups.
Step 5: Perform
One of the most rewarding aspects of this method is that students are given the opportunity to perform their work in front of classmates. For some students, getting a chance to rap in class is a way to contribute as they never have before. The performance element is when students really shine. Collaborative performance is also a great way to get students working together in a fun way.
Step 6: Analyze
Studies have shown that students learn a great deal when their own work is analyzed and used as a model to teach. After your students write and perform their rhymes, its a good idea to use them as texts to teach about voice, figurative language, character, etc.