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Unit 10: Collaboration Through Persona Poems


Welcome to Let's Teach English. This series offers free online training for English language educators worldwide. Voice of America and the University of Oregon are partners on this project.

Summary

In this lesson, students learn how to write a poem. They use a format the teacher calls a “persona poem.” Students ask each other questions. The answers to those questions become the poem. Students learn that not all poems have to rhyme.

This activity asks students to use English creatively to develop poems about their classmates. They now have a product that they can proudly show to their friends and family.

At the end of the class, the students display their work on a wall and do a "gallery walk" – they walk around and view and read one another's persona poems.

Teacher Preparation Video Transcript

This episode shows a model of teaching through collaboration on persona poems. Click on the image below to download a pdf of the transcript.

Let's Teach English Unit 10: Collaboration Through Persona-Poems
Let's Teach English Unit 10: Collaboration Through Persona-Poems

Women Teaching Women English Text

Click on the image below to download a pdf of the student text and teacher manual. In the next unit, the whole book will be available for download.

Women Teaching Women English Student Text Unit 10: Paths to the Future
Women Teaching Women English Student Text Unit 10: Paths to the Future

Women Teaching Women English Listening

These audio files go with Unit 10 of Women Teaching Women English. Click on the "Direct Link" button to the right of the player to download them.

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The Let’s Teach English video series offers free online training for English language educators worldwide. It is based on the Women Teaching Women English text for adult, beginning level learners. Voice of America and the University of Oregon are partners on this project. The course includes:

  1. An introductory segment which summarizes the main topics of second language teaching and shows classroom examples of the topics.
  2. Ten 5-minute video episodes based on the units of Women Teaching Women English. Each of these episodes provides a model of communicative language teaching through simulated language classroom interaction.
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