Lesson Plan 4 for Joyful Noise – with FREE Audio

Enjoy this free audio lesson guide 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.

This lesson is derived from the “Listening to Poetry: Sounds of the Sonnet” lesson on http://edsitement.neh.gov, and is a great introduction to Shakespeare’s sonnets, scansion, and understanding poetry for older or more advanced students.

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Joyful NoiseLESSON 4 – Objective: Students will identify different meters and rhythms in poetry and determine the effect of tempo on mood and theme.
Joyful Noise – Lesson 4 – Lesson Plans
Joyful Noise – Lesson 4 – Student Worksheets
Joyful Noise audio – Book Lice
Joyful Noise audio – Whirligig Beetles

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Listen online: Whirligig Beetles (for this week’s lesson)

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Free Lesson Plan (part 3) for Joyful Noise

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.

by wolfpixHere 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.

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! How have you used Joyful Noise in the classroom?

Joyful NoiseLESSON 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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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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