This lesson, presented in Powerpoint format that can be projected to students on a Smartboard, is an excellent activity for a high school English or Creative Writing classroom, especially during the winter or in geographic areas in which snowfalls are common.
Students will first examine William Carlos Williams' use of figurative language in his poem "Blizzard," and then write an original poem using his as a model. This lesson is aligned to Common Core Standards. The lesson, which can be used as is by teachers or modified to fit their purposes, consists of an Aim, Do Now, Preview of Pertinent Vocabulary, a Reading Period, a Critical Questions period consisting of rigorous, higher-order, text-dependent questions, a Writing Prompt Period, an Exit Question, and a Homework assignment-- all of which are aligned to the lesson's Aim. I have also included the amount of time that each portion of the lesson should take, which would aid in a teacher's pacing of the lesson (which is part of the engagement component on the Danielson rubric).
I have used this lesson several times in my Advanced Creative Writing classes. Students really enjoy it, and they create really impressive poetry! It's a great seasonal activity-- I often display their poems on a winter bulletin board.