Did I grow?

During my pre-internship, I found that I did not do as much growing as I had hoped in terms of my lessons. I was given the opportunity to teach something I am particularly passionate about; horror. My cooperating teacher often had very little to say about my lessons, because they all went well. I had an amazing group of students who let me experiment with them and genuinely tried when I gave them work to do. Because my students were so receptive to my teaching, I challenged them to work with a difficult literary theory and move away from comprehension type activities.

My first lesson was a bit of everything. I had a ‘Drop Everything and Write’ acrostic poem making activity. I noted that students were unfamiliar with creative writing and that had me continue with that activity all the way through my pre-internship. After writing, I had a student come up to the board to help me design a vampire concept map. I used this activity, because I worked well with my grade eight class. However, grade tens are more shy and less inclined to stand in front of the room. I made a point of never doing that again. Through my concept mapping, I noted that the class liked to have group talks rather than individual work. I planned activities that incorporated both into their learning. The end of the class was a reader’s theatre style reading of Dracula. My cooperating teacher had told me that the students would enjoy this style of reading. She was helpful in making my initial lessons plans a success, because she gave me an insight into what worked in her class and what did not. Because of this, I did not have target sheets made up, but just the odd verbal feedback provided. My main critique over the three weeks was about sequencing. However, I cannot document this change just yet. I need to take my horror unit and rework it, and teach it once more.

My growth lesson would be my transition into harder content. Deconstruction is a difficult literary theory that requires a careful mind and a close reading of a text. Thanks to my cooperating teacher’s encouragement, I felt that I was ready to tackle this with my students. After a lesson that warmed us up to the idea, we deconstructed movie clips from popular vampire shows. The students watched each clip twice and then tried to decipher what that minute long clip meant in an intended way and an unintended way. The students focused hard during this lesson and the results were great. Overall, my pre-internship was successful and I am excited to try my horror unit once more.

Slam Poetry and Pop Lyrics

Lesson Plan – Carol Fisher

Period 5: 2:17 PM – 3:20 PM (63 minutes)

Subject: EAL 9

Topic: Using Slam Poetry to Build Confidence

Content: Bacon Slam, What is it?, Roar, Confidence in class, Beasty Boyz, Lyric Slam

Teaching Strategy:

–          I will model

–          Share my own weakness

–          Lead the games


Students will appear more confident when reading out loud.


–          SWBAT: Allow themselves to get silly

–          SWBAT: Slam lyrics

–          SWBAT: Present to the class

Prerequisite: Attempted to talk in front of a class

Lesson Preparation:

–          Projector

–          Sound

–          Handout

–          Roar Lyrics


Set: Students will understand what slam poetry is and how it can be helpful.

Development: Students will see the positive in reading out loud in class. Students will participate in Beasty Boyz.

Closure: Students will try to slam their lyrics.


Set: (estimated time 10/30 minutes) (10)

–          Open with:

o   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSVO5VloDlc

–          What is slam poetry?

o   It is competitive performance poetry

o   Performance for the audience

o   The best slam poets:

  • Stage Presence
  • Timing
  • Tone
  • Body Language
  • Emoting
  • Metaphor
  • Insight
  • Wit

–          Why is slam helpful?

o   Gives voice

o   Address controversial topics

o   Promotes confidence

o   Fun

o   Community

–          Ms. Fisher will slam the lyrics to Roar – Kay Perry

I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sat quietly, agreed politely
I guess that I forgot I had a choice
I let you push me past the breaking point
I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything

You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar

Now I’m floating like a butterfly
Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes
I went from zero, to my own hero

You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar

Development: (estimated time 20/30 minutes) (10)

–          How to read confidently in class (wikihow)

1. Always be prepared to read in every class; no matter what the subject area is.

2. Get over any anxiety

– Speak to your best friend

– Time your breathing

– Act like you are doing this for a future job

3. When the teacher calls, take a deep breath and read

4. Think comforting thoughts

– One it is over, it is done

5. Start Reading

– If you don’t feel confident, just pretend you are

6. Increase Reading Ability

– Speak Loudly

– Speak Clearly

– Re-say words you mispronounce

– Look at the audience

– Speak Slowly

– Use Emotion

–          Ask students to find some song lyrics

–          If time permits:

o   Beastie Boys

  • The group begins by chanting a monosyllabic word in unison and a repeatable beat. Initiator says a line that fits within the repeatable beat. The group again recites the monosyllabic chant. The next person in circle says a line that completes a rhyme and ideally is incredibly obvious so that the rest of the group can join in vocally and complete the rhyme. The person who completed the rhyme now becomes the initiator and the process continuesEx:

Group: Na nana na na nanana na

A: I went back home and hung up my hat

Group: Na nana na na nanana na
B: Then I hugged Fluffy my fluffy pet (everyone) CAT

Closure:  (estimated time 30/30 minutes) (10)

–          Have them stand in a circle and practice using their song lyrics

Adaptive Dimensions:

–          Song lyrics

–          Hand out

–          Group

Letter of Introduction for Internship

Dear cooperating teaching,

My name is Carol Fisher, and I am thankful for the opportunity to learn alongside you during my internship semester. I grew up in Swift Current, Saskatchewan and was in the public schooling system in that city. Currently, I am entering my final year of my B.Ed. degree with a major in English and a minor in drama.

Over the past few years, I have been involved with a variety of experiences related to teaching and working with diverse age groups. This past year I was a resident assistant at the University of Regina College West residence. My work for the residence provided me with the opportunity to plan activities for Canadian and international students.

I am interested in working with EAL students inside and outside of the classroom. My long term goal is to become an EAL instructor. I am also interested in helping out with extracurricular drama. One of my areas of specialization is technical theatre. During my high school experience, I was actively involved in the technical crew, especially with properties management and set design. Another extracurricular interest I would love to be involved with is football. I have a strong desire to learn about coaching and team collaboration.

I appreciate you taking the time to have me as an intern this fall. I am looking forward to working with you and growing as a teacher at your school. I will bring an open-minded, positive, and flexible personality to my internship. My largest contributions will be a passion to work with the students at your school and an eagerness to volunteer with extracurricular activities. My hope is to learn more about differentiated instruction.

I will contact you before the end of the school year and work with you to arrange a visit to the school. Once again, thank you for taking me on as an intern this fall. I know that this experience will be very enriching.



Carol Fisher