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Peace Poems and Picasso Doves: Literature, Art, Technology, and Poetry

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Peace Poems and Picasso Doves: Literature, Art, Technology, and Poetry

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Nine and a half hours, plus publishing time
Lesson Author

Judi Moreillon

Judi Moreillon

Tucson, Arizona


International Literacy Association


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Grades   K – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 6

Celebrate Cynthia Rylant's birthday!

Students work in small groups or as a class to map the plot of a selected Cynthia Rylant story and create original literary works using the plot diagrams.


Grades   5 – 10  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 25

Artist Pablo Picasso was born on this day in 1881.

Students view a Picasso piece, write their impressions, and share. Students can create their own Picasso-style art using the interactive Picassohead.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 9

In 1940, musician and peace activist John Lennon was born.

After listening to "Imagine," students reflect on the lyrics and answer questions. Then, they have a chance to write a stanza for their own song.


Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 21

Today is the International Day of Peace.

Students brainstorm a list of current conflicts and why people fight. Groups discuss and present possible solutions and create posters that promote their particular solution.


Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 3

United States Congress officially adopted the position of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry in 1985.

Students investigate the website of a past Poet Laureate's project and use it as a model to celebrate poetry that appeals most to them.


Grades   3 – 10  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 19

Author Eve Bunting was born in Ireland in 1928.

Students listen to a news article about the LA race riots and then read Smoky Night to discuss how a younger observer might be affected by these events and their perceptions.


Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 26

The Spanish town of Guernica was bombed on this date in 1937.

After showing students Picasso's Guernica, they are provided with background information, share their impressions, and write about Picasso's purpose in creating the painting.


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