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#1675. "The Meehoo with an Exactlywatt"

, level: Middle
Posted Tue Apr 18 12:49:24 PDT 2000 by Jennifer Hively (hivelyj@wartburg.edu).
Waverly, IA
Materials Required: Copies of the poem, drawing paper, colors/markers, glue, construction paper
Activity Time: 45 minutes
Concepts Taught: Poetry, Shel Silverstein, Literature through art

Objectives
The students will be able to:
(1) actively listen to the poem as it is read
(2) participate in a class reading of the poem
(3) through art, make a hypothesis as to what a "Meehoo" and an "Exactlywatt" look like

Prereading Experience
Ask students what a monster/alien looks like.
Develop the idea that everyone has their own opinion.

Literature Experience
"The Meehoo with an Exactlywatt" from the book "A Light in the Attic" by Shel Silverstein.

During Reading Experience
After reading it trhough once, divide students into two groups. Have one group read one line, then the other group read the next line. (It is like taking on the role of the two characters in the poem.)

Post-Reading Experience
After reading the stroy, have students describe what a "Meehoo" and an "Exactlywatt" look like. Distribute one piece of white drawing paper and one 8 1/2" x 11" piece of construction paper to each student.

Have them glue one edge of the construction paper to one edge of the white drawing paper. On the front, draw a door and write the name of the poem and the author. Open up the "door." On the left side, paste a copy of the poem. (If doing this, you must obtain permission from the publisher.) On the right side, have each student draw what they think a "Meehoo" and an "Exactlywatt" look like. Have students share with their classmates.