Dialogue poems are effective to use where controversy or different opinions might arise. The following lesson plan is taken from Rethinking Our Classrooms – Teaching for Equity and Justice.
1. Before class starts, choose two students to prepare a dramatic reading. Assign the two parts.
2. Read the poem as a dialogue.
3. Distribute copies of the poem to the entire class.
4. Elicit response from the poem. Discuss what makes it powerful. Point out the subtleties and inequalities.
5. As a group, brainstorm possible topics for a unit you are currently studying.
6. Write dialogue poems based on the content studied in class.
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By Paul Fleishman