Lesson Plan

Freeing the Elwha (Calling the Salmon Back to the Elwha: Poems for the Adventurous Anadromous)

Salmon return upriver to spawn.

Photo courtesy of Debbie Preston

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Grade Level:
Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
Subject:
Language Arts, Literature, Performing Arts, Poetry, Writing
Duration:
Two Class Periods
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
Washington State Standards:
Reading:
EALR 2
Social Studies:
EALR 5:  SOCIAL STUDIES SKILLS Component 5.2
Writing:
EALR 1: Component 1.6, EALR 2: Component 2.2,  Component 3.1

Overview

How can asking someone or something to respond to a request help to build understanding?

Background

In this lesson students will write a "question and answer" poem that uses two voices, one to call the salmon back to the River and the other to respond to the caller. Students will perform their poems.

Materials

  • Computer/internet access
  • Pencil/paper
  • Question and Answer Poems
  • Student pages (printable handout)
  • Reflection Journal (printable handout)

Procedure

Assessment

Reflection Journal pages (rubric included)
Question and Answer Poem (rubric included)
Student Page completion