Introduction to the Concrete Poem and Paul Laurence Dunbar

This one-time class mixes poetry reading with poetry writing, as students learn about Paul Laurence Dunbar, his poem "We Wear the Mask," and write their own concrete poem.
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45 minutes

per class

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year olds


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per learner

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Class Experience

Students will learn about the first African American poet to gain national and international acclaim.  Students will review poetic devices like "stanza," "rhyme scheme," and review literary devices to include "metaphor" and "personification."  Learners in this class will be introduced to the concrete poem.  In creating their own concrete poem, student will use similes, metaphors, and personification.  The end goal is for all learners to have written their first concrete poem.
A two-page handout will be available in the classroom.  Students will need the handout, their favorite protective mask, and a writing utensil.  Colored pencils are optional.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Sherri A. Mehta, Ph.D.Former High School English Teacher and College Lecturer
65 total reviews
45 completed classes

About Me

Hello!  My name is Sherri Arnold Mehta, but my students affectionately call me Dr. M.  I am a Virginia native and a Maryland-based researcher, scholar, mom, and wife with twenty years of English teaching experience - twelve (12) years as a high... 
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