"A Twisted Love Poem"
Estimated Time of Completion: One 50-minute period and one homework assignment, or two 50-minute periods.
III. Materials Needed
V. Classroom Assessment
VI. Extensions and Adaptations
VII. Online Resources
VIII. Relevant National Standards
For grades 9-12. The PBS In the Mix video "Twisted Love: Dating Violence Exposed" or Internet research serves as a prelude to the reading of a poem about dating violence. Students engage in a discussion about the meaning of the poem, then compose an essay about their interpretation and reactions to it.
- To become aware of the many facets of dating violence (emotional as well as physical), its warning signs, examples of violence, statistics, and how to leave an abusive relationship
- To be able to interpret a poem's meaning and to apply learned information to that interpretation
III. Materials Needed:
- Option 1: PBS In the Mix video: "Twisted Love: Dating Violence Exposed" and TV/VCR
Option 2: Dating Violence Information Web sites list and computers with Internet access
- "A Twisted Love Poem"
- Option 1: Show the video, "Twisted Love: Dating Violence Exposed"
Option 2: Assign the research homework assignment during the previous class period. Give each student the list of Dating Violence Information Web sites, which includes a list of the following topics so they know what information to collect:
- Dating Violence definition and statistics
- Why are abuse and love often equated?
- Examples of physical violence
- Examples of emotional violence
- Why it's difficult to leave an abusive relationship
- Where and how to get help
- Follow up the assignment or video by giving some examples of various dating violence situations (i.e. telling your girlfriend that she's stupid, ignoring your boyfriend when you're with your friends, exploding in a rage when your girlfriend talks to another boy, etc.)
- After each situation, ask students if they feel these can be described as "violent" reactions. Did they learn anything in the video or research that surprised them?
- Ask a student volunteer to read "A Twisted Love Poem" to the class.
- Conduct a brief discussion about the meaning of the poem.
- Instruct students to compose an essay in which they interpret the meaning of the poem, going line by line. Students are to give additional examples of the six topics listed above, as well as discuss their personal feelings about the poem. The length of the essay should be determined by how long it takes the writer to cover the topics completely.
- If you viewed the video in class, assign the essay as a homework assignment; if students prepared by doing research, the essay should be an in-class exercise.
V. Classroom Assessment:
Score student essays according to the following 100 point scale:
- Addressed dating violence statistics and definition: 15 points
- Addressed why abuse and love are often equated: 15 points
- Included examples of emotional violence: 15 points
- Include examples of physical violence: 10 points
- Addressed the reasons for difficulty in leaving an abusive relationship: 15 points
- Addressed resources for help available for the abused: 15 points
- Included personal feelings about poem: 15 points
VI. Extensions and Adaptations:
- Student essays could be posted in the classroom.
- Speakers from domestic violence agencies, battered women shelters or local law enforcement or court officials would be valuable assets for class presentations.
- The class could contact the battered women's shelter in their area and ask about the needs for the shelter (i.e. Food, clothing, toiletries, children's toys, suitcases, etc.). Students could organize a drive to collect these items for the shelter. Their drive could extend into the community.
- Students could organize a schoolwide dating violence awareness campaign targeting early warning signs, statistics, how to get out of an abusive relationship, and where to go for help. This could extend into the community with posters and local radio talk shows and/or radio spot announcements.
VII. Online Resources:
- Sites on the Dating Violence Information Web sites list
VIII. Relevant National Standards:
These are established by McREL at http://www.mcrel.org/standards-benchmarks/docs/contents.html:
- Knows the availability and effective use of health services, products, and information
- Understands the relationship of family health to individual health
- Knows how to maintain mental and emotional health
- Demonstrates competence in the general skills and strategies of the writing process
- Demonstrates competence in the stylistic and rhetorical aspects of writing
- Uses grammatical and mechanical conventions in written compositions
- Demonstrates competence in speaking and listening as tools for learning
About the Author:
Judy Terando has taught Physical Education and Health since 1965, focusing on bringing technology into the classroom and spurring student creativity. She currently teaches high school in La Salle, IL.
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