February 6, 2013

TPCASTT Poetry Analysis

First of all, I want to thank you all for your feedback on yesterday's discipline post. It was encouraging to know that I'm not alone in this struggle, and I have some good suggestions and perspective. I'm still open to more ideas if you have anything to offer!

Secondly, I wanted to share a couple videos from my classroom today. We started our poetry unit this week, and today I introduced TP-CASTT, which are the seven steps we use for poetry analysis. For those that don't know, they are title, paraphrase, connotations, attitude, shift, title (again), and theme. Today's goal was for every student to memorize the steps so thy know what they have to do (and what each step means). I don't know about your students, but mine are constantly tapping their pens and pencils to the various rhythms in their heads. I'm thankfully for this poetry unit, which allows them to put those beats to good use!!

Additionally, I'm a big believer in using body motions (Whole Brain Teaching) in the classroom, so I asked each class to come up with their own gestures. Each class came up with very different movements, but the great thing is that they own them! There may have been a little bit of a battle during lunch today over who has the best moves. haha!

Tomorrow, I will model how to apply these steps to the poem, "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein, and then we will do plenty of guided and independent practice over the next few weeks.

Best conversation with one of my top students today:

Student: I hate poetry. It's too hard!

Me: Good!

Student: (dumbfounded) Good?

Me: Yeah! It means you're stretching your brain.

Student: I don't need to stretch my brain!

Me: Oh, so you already know everything you need to know in life?

Student: No, not everything.

Me: Well, then I guess it's a good thing you have activities like this to stretch your brain!

Silly students!

1 comment:

  1. I like this idea a lot! It can really appeal to the kinestetic learners!

    I wish I had some suggestions on the discipline matter, but I don't. I know what it's like to feel frustrated though. Sadly, sometimes you just ask yourself, "Should I pretend I didn't see that and save myself some trouble?"
    I'm glad I visited your blog!