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Listening Positions, Please

Michelle Barlow


In this lesson, students use effective listening skills as they listen to oral poetry readings


The student understands information presented orally (for example, key points, details, different interpretations).

The student listens attentively to the speaker (including but not limited to making eye contact and facing the speaker).

The student uses strategies to respond to speakers (for example, asking questions, making contributions, summarizing, reflecting on ideas).


-Copy of several different poems to be read aloud.
-One poem question sheet for each child (see attached file).
-Student observation checklist for each child (see attached file).
-Pencil for each child.


1. Collect poems to be read aloud.
2. Copy enough copies of the poetry response worksheet for each child (see attached file).
3. Copy enough of the observation checklists for each child (see attached file).
4. Schedule a volunteer to come in and read the poetry to the class.


1. Gain students' attention by reciting Shel Silverstein's poem -It's Dark in Here- ( you may want to use one of your favorite poems). Try to be very dramatic as you recite this poem.

2. Tell students that they will be listening to several different poems today, and that they should use their very best listening skills for this lesson.

3. Have an adult volunteer come to your class to read the selected poems aloud. Use a volunteer for this so that the teacher can check off the students on the observation sheet (see attached file).

4. After the first poem has been intoduced and read by the volunteer, discuss the poem with the entire class. Encourage every child to add input. (See the attached file for suggested oral discussion questions.)

5. Once the first poem has been discussed, have the volunteer read the second selection.

6. Discuss the second poem with the class.

7. Tell the students that they will respond to the final poem by answering some questions on a worksheet (see the attached file). Remind the students to use their best listening skills.

8. After the final poem has been read, allow students time to answer the questions on their worksheet.


Students should receive seven out of nine possible points on the observation checklist to show mastery of these standards (see attached file).


1. Students that have mastered this lesson may choose a poem to present to the class or may try writing their own poem.

2. Students who do not show mastery should have a peer tutor or a volunteer read to them and discuss a selected reading with them.
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