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Lonely as a Cloud: Using Poetry to Understand Similes

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Grades 4 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four or five 60-minute sessions
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Lisa Cranston

Lisa Cranston

Comber, Ontario


International Literacy Association


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April 05, 2017

I just did the first part of this lesson with my students (using the gingko/willow poem and pictures) and it went really well. I teach a 7th grade class of students on IEPs for language based disabilities so finding similes and other figurative language can get confusing for them, but this was a great way to practice finding similes and figuring out what is being compared. We will be doing the graphic organizer tomorrow to help the kids write their own simile poems, which I think most of them will enjoy.




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