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POETRY GENIUS Media Literacy Curriculum Planning Framework by Mind Map: POETRY GENIUS 
Media Literacy Curriculum Planning
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POETRY GENIUS Media Literacy Curriculum Planning Framework

LEARNING COMMUNITY: Self: The Media Spot, Mr. Ramsey 10th Grade ELA, Ms. Joseph 10th grade ELA, Learners: TTHS CTE students at varying performance levels, Community: transitioning to new digital tools, Context: an intro activity to the computer labs -- trying to generate more face to face discussion around texts, while assessing students understanding of concepts through digital annotation. This framework was developed by Renee Hobbs at the URI Summer Institute on Digital Literacy in 2013.

Work Products

text based annotations

text/image annotation

suggestions that adds on a classmate's annotation

Instructional Strategies

Track students by "Nickname"

"Follow" your students' accounts

Show model in classroom

of your poetry annotations

good ones from the rap community

of others' poetry annotations

Have students start on paper

embed prompts and models into the "Class Pages" with poems & texts

Make "exit slip" assignments for annotations to assess students understanding of concepts

Use "suggestions" to build on each others' annotations

Connect poetry and short story devices to hip hop

As extension activity, have students seek out similar poetic or storytelling devices in rap songs

i.e. What storytelling and/or poetry devices are used in Slick Rick's "A Children's Story"?

Add a "Text" to your class page with questions, and have the students annotate (could be with video)

What does this activity add to traditional poetry unit?, the online element?, the ability to add "suggestions", the connection to other texts?, the connection to hip hop/rock songs, you can see each other's annotations

Use the "7 types" of annotation outlined by Ms. Joseph

Have small groups focus on annotating chunks of the text, then have groups switch and add "suggestions" to others' chunks.

Have students use the group-annotated text as a resource for a follow-up writing assignment.

Unit Plan and Rules for Annotation (Grade 10) here

Tools (Tech)

student poetry genius accounts

use your own email

Nickname: TTech First Name

track student progress by nicknames

computer lab

educator account at poetry genius


Media Literacy

Use images and videos to elaborate on your annotations

Participate in an online community to learn from and add-to the knowledge base

Critically analyze texts AND annotations by adding "suggestions"

Common Core (see full list here

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.1

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.5 Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.

Schoolwide Vision

looking to engage students in discussions around texts

To emphasize the power of annotation for interacting with the author, vocabulary comprehension, and discussing with each other.

Texts (Media)

Hawthorne: The Minister's Black Veil


Hayden Poems

Rap Lyrics