B. Conventions in the Two-Voice Poem (10 minutes)
- Return to the entry task. Ask students to share with their seat partner what they think is challenging about using correct capitalization and punctuation in their poems.
- Call on one or two students to share their thoughts.
- Distribute the Model Two-Voice Poem: “I Would Do Anything” (from Unit 2, Lesson 17) and show it on the document camera. Tell students that they are going to look at the use of capitalization and punctuation in this poem. Explain that in two-voice poems, capitalization and punctuation are very important because they let the reader know where one thought begins and ends, even if one voice starts the idea and the other voice finishes it.
- Point to your copy of the poem and explain that the first complete sentence is the first line that begins with Uncle Jewiir and ends with Nya’s uncle: “Life challenges us here in Sudan.”
- Explain that the author used ellipses to indicate that the sentence continues. Show students the period at the end of the sentence and explain that it shows the end of that thought. Next, point out the line that begins with: “Every year when the rains stopped and the pond near the village dried up” (26). Let students know that this sentence is complicated and the author had to make a choice. The reason it’s complicated is because the line “my people were forced to leave our village” is part of two different sentences.
“Every year when the rains stopped and the pond near the village dried up” (26) my people were forced to leave our village to find water.
My people were forced to leave our village, running for our lives.”
- Explain that since it is the middle of one sentence and the beginning of another sentence, the author had to decide whether to capitalize “my.” She chose not to; in poetry, the author has the freedom to make a decision like that.
- Ask students to work with their seat partner to identify the complete sentences in the rest of the poem, underlining each sentence with a different colored pencil.
- The sentences are the following:
* “More than 4 million people were forced to flee their homes” (“Time Trip: Sudan’s Civil War”).
* “For my family, I would do anything.”
* “You only need to walk as far as those bushes, Salva.”(53)
* I will take opportunities “to create a future that might be different” (Water for South Sudan): a well, a refugee camp, a school.
* Tomorrow will be better than today for Nya.
* Tomorrow will be better than today for Salva.
- As a class, review the sentences. Answer any questions the students may have about the way the model poem uses punctuation or capitalization.