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Theme Poems: Writing Extraordinary Poems About Ordinary Objects

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Theme Poems: Writing Extraordinary Poems About Ordinary Objects

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Janet Beyersdorfer

Arlington Heights, Illinois


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





  • Computers with Internet access

  • Markers and chart paper, a whiteboard, or chalkboard

  • Projection device (to share website pages with the whole class)

  • Related nonfiction texts and picture books [e.g., Apples by Gail Gibbons (Holiday House, 2000)]

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Theme Poems

Grades   K – 5  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Theme Poems

Formerly known as Shape Poems, this online tool allows elementary students to write poems in various shapes.


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1. Arrange for the use of a computer with Internet access and a projection device for Session 1.

2. Determine student accessibility to computer workstations with Internet access for Session 2. Bookmark the Theme Poems interactive on all computers so that students can easily and quickly access the online activity.

3. Preview the online Theme Poems activity and determine which shape will be used for modeling the activity and writing a class poem. The apple graphic is used as a model in this lesson. Prepare a short list of words related to the shape that may be appropriate for the word bank.

4. Collect markers and poster-sized paper, or plan to use the chalkboard or whiteboard to record additional word bank suggestions from your students during the whole-class brainstorming session.

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