Imagery with Weather Poems! Have your students create weather poems using descriptive adjectives and imagery. Three different poem formats support differentiated instruction. After reading a story or novel in which weather plays a major role in developing the plot (such as the short story “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury or the novel The Cay by Theodore Taylor), have your students write weather poems. Discuss how to create imagery using words that appeal to the senses. They will enjoy coming up with vivid adjectives and descriptive language. Ask your students to think of words that will create the best images, or they can look up adjective lists online if they have access to technology.
The first format has the most scaffolding for the kids who have trouble putting words on paper. The second format is a little more challenging, and the third one is great for your high achievers. If you prefer, you can also use these in sequence and build up to the higher level thinking format. After your students complete the format, ask them to share, edit and revise, and then type up the poems to publish and make a great display.
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