Poetry for the Common Good

Unit of 1 Lesson
Grade Levels: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Issue Area: 
Focus Question 

How can art be a tool to impact the common good? 


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Unit Overview 

Students find poetry everywhere: lyrics to songs, commercials, and in social media. They look for philanthropic themes found in poetry. Students write poems with philanthropic themes.

Service Experience 
 Art from the heart: Celebrate students artistic talents and find a way to share these talents with others. Follow your students’ voices to find an organization or group of people who would appreciate a poem, greeting card, or homemade piece of art to brighten their day or let them know someone cares. This may be soldiers, veterans, elderly people in a retirement home, or a local child with a serious illness.
Lessons in This Unit 
Poetry for the Common Good
Lesson 1 of 1

Students will understand that you find poetry everywhere: lyrics to songs, commercials and rap. They will also realize that themes of giving are often found in poetry. Students will write poems with giving themes. Sharing their poems is considered an act of generosity. Students may share their work as they build a relationship with someone who is living in a retirement home.