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Dancing Minds and Shouting Smiles: Teaching Personification Through Poetry

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Dancing Minds and Shouting Smiles: Teaching Personification Through Poetry

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 30- to 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Erin Lassiter

San Diego, California


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • A plain envelope for each student

  • Lined paper and pencils

  • Paper in two different colors

  • Scissors

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1. Transcribe the poems "The Sky is Low" by Emily Dickinson, "Two Sunflowers Move in the Yellow Room" by Nancy Willard (but frequently misattributed to William Blake), and "April Rain Song" by Langston Hughes onto chart paper.

2. Make copies of the Brainstorming Graphic Organizer, the Peer Editing Checklist, and the Teaching Personification Through Poetry Rubric for each student in the class.

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