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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


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Grades   1 – 3  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Theme Poems: Using the Five Senses

Students write theme poems in a flash using the picture book Flicker Flash by Joan Bransfield Graham and the online, interactive Theme Poems tool.


Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Talking Poetry with Blabberize

Students will be motivated to share their poetry through an online tool the features recording and animation.


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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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Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 1

April is National Poetry Month!

Students are assigned to be "poets of the day" and are provided several models to create, illustrate, and present their different poems to the class.


Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 14

Valentine's Day is today!

Students find examples of figurative language and write an original example of each device, illustrate, and share them with the class.


Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 26

John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was born in 1775.

Students use the Timeline Tool to organize details about Chapman's life, the Venn Diagram to organize information, and the Shape Poems Interactive to create poems about apples or Johnny Appleseed.


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 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 30

Participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Students select a poem and create a Stapleless Book using the interactive tool.


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