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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


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Cindy Woo

July 31, 2012

Great Lesson!



December 08, 2011

I LOVE this lesson. This is one definitely going in the files for future use



April 22, 2010

I absolutely loved this lesson. I teach on the middle school level so I decided to use Langston Hughes' poetry and it was a very big success!!!


Kaylee Olney, RWT Staff

February 17, 2010

Thanks for alerting us to the typo, Shavahn! We have corrected the checklist.


Shavahn M Hoyle

February 02, 2010

Peer Editing Checklist has the wrong form of there used. It is written as "their" when it should be "there".



January 31, 2010

I used this idea for my lesson, and it was a huge success! The only modification I made was that I had the students create a haiku poem because it is very short and structured. Some students created more than one. I'll definitely reuse this.



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