This is the third 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.
Here students will see the world through the eyes of a worker bee and a queen bee. They’ll then extend what they learn to other poems and to real life situations. This idea could easily translate into social studies projects or complement other literature.
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LESSON 3 – Objective: Students will be able to cite examples of different points of view; students will be able to contrast points of view in narrative text and explain how they affect the overall theme of the work.
Joyful Noise – Lesson 3 – Lesson Plans
Joyful Noise – Lesson 3 – Student Worksheets
Joyful Noise audio – Honey Bees
Joyful Noise audio – Water Striders
Joyful Noise audio – Requiem – House Cicadas
Listen online: Honey Bees (for this week’s activity)
Listen online: Water Striders (for this week’s activity)
Listen online: Requiem – House Cicadas
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Stay tuned to the blog for Lesson 4 for Joyful Noise. More lessons will be posted later in May. Check our previous Joyful Noise lesson plans to get the entire audiobook!
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