Note: This is a zip file containing a PDF and Word Doc.
Activity: Students will create a poem that includes at least one simile, one metaphor, and one example of personification.
Duration: 2 Class Periods (Note: This is just a poem writing activity. This does not include lessons on similes, metaphors, and personification. Please see the listed contents). In my class, we analyzed and discussed the exemplar, brainstormed topics, and completed a rough draft on day one. The next day, students quickly peer-edited their partner's rough drafts, and then wrote and illustrated their final drafts.
My kiddos had a lot of fun with this! It was a good way for them to apply what they knew about figurative language. Prior to and throughout this activity, I really stressed being creative and avoiding cliches. I was impressed with what the students came up with!
As an extension, you could have students display their finished poems and do a gallery walk- having students analyze their classmates' use of figurative language -OR- do a read aloud and analysis (Please note that the extension activities are just ideas, and are not part of the product. Please see the contents listed below.)
a) Teacher instructions
b) Exemplar poem
c) Graphic organizer for students to plan their poems
d) Rough draft page
e) Two rubrics (a '4 Point' and '3 Point'). They are included as PDFs and as word documents so that you can edit as needed.
1. Present this assignment after teaching students about similes, metaphors, and personification.
2. Read the example tornado poem as a class. You can have students underline and label the figurative language and discuss its meaning.
3. Give students the planning sheet. (I had them list possible topics in their notebook first, and discuss them with classmates. Then, they choose their favorite topic and completed the planning page). Note: It works best if students choose a noun for their topic. It should be noted that picking a specific person (e.g. 'Mom') is difficult because they must include personification. However, this forced students to be creative and personify other objects within their poem.
4. Students will complete the rough draft. (You can take this as a grade if you wish. It is not part of the rubric, but you could add another row to include it).
5. Provide blank copy or construction paper for students to create their final poems. You can display them and do a gallery walk, or do a poetry read aloud.
6. Grade the poems with the provided rubrics. Edit the rubrics as needed.
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