Free Lesson Plan (Part 2) for Joyful Noise

This is the second part of a series of FREE lesson plans, with downloadable audio available for a limited time, for 1989 Newbery Medal winner Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman. Lesson Plans are by Hillary Wolfe, librarian at Northview High School in Covina, California, and are based in ideas from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Listen to or download (for a limited time) the audio clips below and download the corresponding lesson plan (in pdf format). Leave comments for other teachers on your additions or modifications to the lesson plan—we want to share your ideas with educators around the country!

Joyful NoiseLESSON 2 – Objective: Students will identify poetic and literary devices such as descriptive verbs, alliteration, and metaphors and similes; students will articulate how these poetic devices influence the meaning of the poem.
Joyful Noise – Lesson 2 – Lesson Plans
Joyful Noise – Lesson 2 – Student Worksheets
Joyful Noise audio – Fireflies
Joyful Noise audio – Moth’s Serenade – Water Boatmen – The Digger Wasp
Joyful Noise audio – Cicadas – Honeybees – Whirligig Beetles

Listen online: Fireflies (for this week’s activity)


Listen online: Moth’s Serenade – Water Boatmen – Digger Wasp


Listen online: Cicadas – Honeybees – Whirligig Beetles

Stay tuned to the blog for Lesson 3 and more audio from Joyful Noise. Lessons 3 and 4, as well as audio for the rest of the poems in Joyful Noise, will be posted later in May.

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  1. […] admin wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptThis is the second part of a series of FREE lesson plans, with downloadable audio available for a limited time, for 1989 Newbery Medal winner Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman. Lesson Plans are by Hillary Wolfe, … […]

  2. I love being able to hear the clips. I teach for TWU’s library school (all online) and this will allow me to clearly demonstrate how to use the book for choral readings. Thanks!

  3. […] downloadable audiobook! Lesson Plans 1: Identify how form influences function. Lesson Plans 2: Descriptive Verbs, Alliteration, Metaphors and Similes Lesson Plans 3: Point of View Lesson Plans 4: Meter, Rhythm, and Tempo If You’re Not Here, […]

  4. […] downloadable audiobook! Lesson Plans 1: Identify how form influences function. Lesson Plans 2: Descriptive Verbs, Alliteration, Metaphors and Similes Lesson Plans 3: Point of View Lesson Plans 4: Meter, Rhythm, and Tempo If You’re Not Here, […]

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