Indiana Reading Journal Volume 44 Issue 1 - Page 40

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VoiceThread Slide

1st Read/1st Slide

General Understanding

2nd Read/2nd Slide

Vocabulary/Text Structure

3rd Read

Inferences

4th Slide

Intertextual

Connections/Evaluation

Figure 3: VoiceThread close read poem "Afternoon on a Hill" by Edna St. Vincent

Teacher Prompts:

Read the poem to students. Ask students:

•What is happening in this poem?

•What does this poem remind you of?

•Where does this poem take place? Underline words to show the setting of the story.

Discuss potential answer from previous reading. Reread the poem to students. Ask students:

• Why does the author use the work quiet to describe the narrator’s eyes?

• What do you think the author means when she says, “Watch the wind bow down the grass, and the grass rise?”

• How long do you think the child was on the hill? How do you know? What words from the poem give you a sense of time?

Discuss potential answers from previous reading. Reread the poem to students. Ask students:

• How do you think the narrator in this poem is feeling? How do you know?

• Why did the child not pick one flower?

• What do you think this poem is really about?

Share a second, supplemental text such as this video which includes, text, audio narration, and pictures from WatchKnowLearn (see: http://tinyurl.com/afternoon-on-a-hill)

Ask students:

• How does this video help you understand the poem?

• What is your opinion about this poem’s message?