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Wartime Poetry: Working With Similes

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Janella Page Scobie

London, United Kingdom


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti (Harcourt, 1996)

  • A World War II Anthology selected by Wendy Body (Pearson Schools, 1999)

  • War Boy by Michael Foreman (Trafalgar Square, 2000)

  • What They Don't Tell You About the Blitz by Bob Fowke (Hodder & Stoughton Children's Division, 2002)

  • Plain paper and paints/colored pencils

  • Thesauri (at least one for every two students)

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1. This series of lessons can start or enhance a unit of study about World War II. Students do not need to have any prior knowledge about World War II to participate in the lessons.

2. Read background material on the subject matter to prepare for the lesson. To summarize the events related to the evacuation of British children during World War II:
During September 1939 nearly 800,000 children were evacuated from the cities to the countryside as the British government feared German bomb attacks and wanted to keep children, pregnant mothers, and elderly or disabled citizens safe. Children and parents often did not know to what location they would be evacuated, and were usually just asked to report to their school with a suitcase packed. When arriving in the country, children would be assigned to the homes of members of the local community. Although some children were treated badly (e.g., beaten, overworked, or underfed), many children enjoyed their evacuation and returned to the countryside to live after the war was over.
3. Consult other informational books about World War II to help you further prepare for the lesson, such as:
  • War Boy by Michael Foreman (Trafalgar Square, 2000)

  • What They Don't Tell You About The Blitz by Bob Fowke (Hodder & Stoughton Children's Division, 2002)
4. Create a transparency of the photograph of evacuated children for use with an overhead projector or enlarge the photograph to use during whole class work. Also, make handout-size copies of the photograph to use during individual student work.

5. Make one copy of the Shared Poem Structure sheet and the Independent Poem Structure sheet for each student to use during Session 3.

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