USING SENSORY WORDS TO CREATE IMAGERY
To begin, I shared with my students the Sensory Words Anchor Chart in the image to the left. We discussed the examples on it and inserted it into our interactive notebooks. Then, we brainstormed examples of sensory words by sense. (and I apologize for not taking a photo of my whiteboard) The list they generated was fantastic.
Next, we were ready to practice. For this part, we used a sensory sort. The sorting technique takes a lower level skill to the analytic level of Bloom's. Students have to read the description provided and determine which sense is addressed through the specific sensory words used. Sorts work well individually, in pairs, and with small groups because each setting provides the students with a different experience. Individually, teachers can quickly assess understanding whereas pairs and groups allows lots of student talk and justification of thinking. (higher level)
With my groups, I often use anchor charts for introduction. They provide the focus for deeper discussion which really helps my students understand and use what they've learned. I have my kids put printable anchor charts like this in their interactive notebooks for reference later, and we follow that with examples and practice. This sort worked well for my group to model which words in the descriptions helped them visualize or create that mental image.
Applying Our Learning
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The full Building Poetry Pros pack preview is below. It includes anchor charts and organizers for personification, alliteration, metaphor, simile, imagery, sensory words, onomatopoeia, and hyperbole as well as poetry discussion/analysis task cards.
I hope your students come up with dazzling ideas that show how they sparkle and shine. 😁 (Using sensory words here).
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