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The Great Blueness and Other Predicaments written by Arnold Lobel tells the story of a wizard who lived a long time ago. There were NO colors in the world. Everything in the world was black and white and gray. “Something is wrong with the world,” he would say. “It is hard to tell when the rainy days stop and the sunny days begin.”
So, one day, to amuse himself, the wizard mixed some things together and found some interesting stuff in the bottom of his cauldron. When he named the stuff “blue” and painted his house with it, his neighbors wanted some too. But, the blueness was not perfect. It made everyone sad.
Eventually, the wizard created a fine and glorious day.
Students will enjoy the color discoveries (mistakes) along the way to perfection.
This item includes:
A quote for analysis, discussion, and debate
Discussion questions that challenge children to think more critically
Directions for brainstorming ideas
A draft poetry template guiding children to use descriptive words, similes, and varied sentence lengths
A list of sensory adjectives
Important terms defined within the materials
Directions for writing a free verse color poem
An optional bulletin board sign and lettering
Students love, love, LOVE this activity and the poems are BEAUTIFUL!
Perhaps you'd like students to analyze a poem/musical lyrics.
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