“Honeybees” by Paul Fleischman

Dialogue poems are effective to use where controversy or different opinions might arise.  The following lesson plan is taken from Rethinking Our Classrooms – TeachHoney_Bee4ing 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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Honeybees
By Paul Fleishman

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