Dominican poet, storyteller, and essayist Roberto Carlos García shared a set of lesson plans based on his third poetry collection [Elegies] through the Dominican Writers Association. The detailed curriculum prepared by the Grow Society includes essential questions, assessments of student learning, a section for materials, Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Learning Standards, to name a few of the critical components these lesson plans offer.
The lesson plans are arranged as followed:
- Lesson 1, pages 1-2, Students are introduced to [Elegies]
- Lesson 2, pages 3-4, Students draft their own elegy
- Lesson 3, pages 5-7, Students share each other’s elegies
They provide a general outline useful for teachers since it helps to see how the lesson might fit in a teaching period.
Lesson one, for example,
Opener à Mini-Lesson à Learning Activity à Closer.
Opener: word association activity w/ share-out
Mini-Lesson: Teacher introduces elegy poems (frame/define)
Learning Activity: Students read and annotate Garcia elegies
Closer: Reflection question, (“What does the poem that you read today remind or make you think of?”)
These lesson plans could be used by anyone, including teachers, homeschooling parents/teachers, and librarians.
You can download the lesson plans below. Download [Elegies] & black_Maybe Lesson Plan for K-12
Roberto Carlos García is available for class visits and you may reach him here.
Jhensen Ortiz, Librarian
*Special thanks to Jayson Castillo, a Ph.D. candidate in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center and Research Associate at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute for his insights and feedback on the lesson plans.