What Is a Lifted Line Poem?
This activity provides a creative way for students to engage in a text after they have worked with it as a class. In a lifted line poem, students collaborate to explore more deeply the words and experiences of first-hand accounts or fictional characters. After reading a short text, students select a line that they find meaningful and, as a class, transform these lines into a poem. The class might then collaborate to rearrange their lines in a different order that reflects a shift of mood or tone or a hierarchy of emotions, for example. This activity provides students with the time and space for individual reflection about what the text means to them as they select their lines, as well as the opportunity to engage in a class discussion while debriefing the activity that focuses on the language of the text.