POWER Listening Lesson Plans

The POWER Listening strategy is a listening, summarizing and note taking strategy that will help you turn your students into critical listeners who actively participate in the listening process. When listening to reading material, POWER Listeners:

    P – PREVIEW and think about the material
    O – ORGANIZE their note taking materials
    W – WONDER – What is it all about? Listen and summarize
    E – EVALUATE their understanding by answering the questions
    R – REVIEW any missed questions

The following lesson plans use the POWER Listening strategy and feature the use of audiobooks from RFB&D's extensive digital collection.

Grades: K-2

Subject: Reading and Language Arts

Theme: POWER Listening Strategy
Duration: 45 minute class session

Grades: 3-5

Subject: Reading and Language Arts

Theme: Listening to and comprehending a story
Duration: 50-70 minutes
Theme: POWER Listening Strategy
Duration: Four class periods
Theme: Famous African American Olympians
Duration: 2 class periods

Subject: Social Studies

Theme: Appreciating Music of the Renaissance; Reading and Appreciating Biographies
Duration: 2 class periods (not including time to read book)

Grades: 6-8

Subject: Reading and Language Arts

Theme: POWER Strategy for Poetry
Duration: 1 class session
Theme: Women’s History
Duration: One class session

Subject: Social Studies

Theme: Immigration
Duration: 2 class periods
Theme: Abraham Lincoln and Slavery
Duration: Four to five class sessions
Theme: Appreciating Famous American Women
Duration: 2 class periods
Theme: POWER Listening Strategy
Duration: Three class sessions

Grades: 9-12

Subject: Social Studies

Theme: Appreciating How Music Is Shaped by Current National and World Events; Appreciating Music as a Voice for Political Statements and Change
Duration: 2 class periods (not including time to read novel)
Theme: Abraham Lincoln
Duration: 1 class session