Poetry can be used for so many skills we teach…fluency, concept of word, visualizing, rhyme, comprehension skills, vocabulary, and figurative language to name a few. In Virginia, one of our standards focuses on using sensory words to create imagery. Well, to meet this standard, students have a few subskills to grasp first. Today, I’d like to share my plan with you using one of Shel Silverstein’s poems. One great thing with poetry lessons is that we have wonderful poems to use for modeling from greats like Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, and Brod Bagert, but also more serious poets like Walt Whitman and Emily Dickenson.
USING SENSORY WORDS TO CREATE IMAGERY
Applying Our Learning
Once the kids had an understanding of the type of words they were looking for, they were ready to work on their own. For the independent work, we used “Clooney the Clown” by Shel Silverstein. It is located in A Light in the Attic. Since we do lots of talking about visualizing all year, my kids really seemed to grasp this quickly. Now, creating imagery in their own writing is something we still are working on, but I’m sure you see it takes a little while longer for that to be polished. Here is an example using the poem,
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I hope your students come up with dazzling ideas that show how they sparkle and shine. 😁 (Using sensory words here).