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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Jaime R. Wood

Jaime R. Wood

Portland, Oregon


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





  • Classroom map of North America (if you do not have a classroom map, you may project an interactive image from Google Maps or make a transparency of a map of North America courtesy of National Geographic)

  • Copies of the poem “Echoes” by Pat Mora

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Acrostic Poems

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Acrostic Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems. Elements of the writing process are also included.


Diamante Poems

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.


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  • Prepare an opaque bag of edible objects for each group of three or four students in your classroom. It’s best to place the objects in a plastic bag and then inside the opaque bag so they don’t get contaminated when students reach in to feel them. Each group should get a different edible item, which can be anything from grapes to small candies to cooked spaghetti.

  • Be aware of any food allergies your students may have. Because you will be asking students to touch and eat food, be sure to alert students ahead of time to find out foods to avoid. If you use any packaged foods, be sure to check labels carefully, reading ingredient lists and looking for any “may contain” or “processed in the same facility as” indicators. If you are in doubt as to the appropriateness of a certain food, select something else. Students with allergies (or their families/guardians) may be able to offer advice in your selection process.

  • Obtain a copy of Pat Mora’s “Echoes” for each student. It can be found in Living Voices: Multicultural Poetry in the Middle School Classroom by Jaime R. Wood (NCTE, 2006).

  • Make copies of the Using Your Senses graphic organizer, the Explaining the Images writing exercise sheet, and the Sensory Imagery in Poetry Checklist for each student.

  • Display a map of North America in an accessible location in your classroom.

  • Arrange for your students to have access to the Internet for one class period to do research for the extension exercise.

  • Print the Example Explanatory Paragraph for reference when assessing students’ paragraphs.

  • (Optional for extension activity) Test the Acrostic Poem Tool and Diamante Poem Tool interactives on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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