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Color Poems—Using the Five Senses to Guide Prewriting

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Color Poems—Using the Five Senses to Guide Prewriting

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Michelle Ota

Seattle, Washington


National Council of Teachers of English


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May 16, 2017

I love the lesson on Color Poems! I wanted to warn others, however, that the Dictionary of Symbolism has some "adult" information that definitely wouldn't be appropriate to show to students. Make sure you preview the pages you will share with your class.


Guy Mann

May 03, 2017

I知 black, like the deep of a well.
I値l hide from the smallest shine of light.
I知 mysterious, or mischievous,
I値l cower in the darkness of night.

I知 white, like a wish,
Or clouds, dancing in fresh air,
I知 happy and full of light,
I feel happy, and vivacious,
as I watch the sun shine bright.

Sometimes, I let red red take the steering wheel,
And make me really mad,
But inside is blue,
or memories I lost,
Which makes me really sad.

Inside me live colors,
More than I can count.
They may control me,
But who I am they will surround.



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