by Laura Randazzo
8th – 12th Grade
Remember the Father’s Day cards we made back in elementary school? Let’s revisit that tradition for our middle- and high-school students with these print-and-go materials that’ll make a bunch of dads (and father figures) feel appreciated on their special day.
• A student handout featuring eight slices of poetry about fathers/masculine power.
• Six coloring pages that fold in half to become cards (Print on white paper, colored paper, or cardstock – grab whatever’s available in the copier room and go!)
Suggested lesson procedure:
1. Begin by handing out the page that includes eight bits of poetry, giving students a few minutes to read them all.
2. Have students choose the poem that reminds them most of their father/closest paternal figure.
3. Give students a choice of card designs.
4. Inside the card, have them write a loving note to the recipient and include the lines of poetry in their best handwriting.
5. With any remaining time in class, have students color the front of the card with colored pencils or sharp-tipped markers. The coloring portion can be completed in class if time allows or sent home for students to complete on their own time.
Tip: When printing the cards, choose “Print Full Size” on your printer settings. If you choose “Scale to Fit” (the default on many printers), your cards may have unevenly spaced borders.
Want more high-interest poetry lessons for teens? Check out my four-week Poetry Unit, a TpT sitewide best-seller.
Click here for the FREE Mother’s Day version of this activity.
Image credit: Peaksel, CC BY-SA 4.0
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