Oda al tomate by Pablo Neruda PPT in PDF contains the verses with images to faciliate comprehension. I use this PPT as a model for writing odes. Great way to mix poetry with a food unit. Students also enjoyed reading Oda a las papas fritas and Oda a la papa.
After viewing the PPT students are grouped and each group is assigned a fruit or vegetable in which they have to write an ode. Great creative writing activity which also promotes critical thinking.
I usually give students two class periods to write the ode. Afterwards, students read their odes aloud to the class. To make it more interesting, I have students vote for the best ode on exit tickets. The winning group will get a special treat. I usually give them a box of Maria cookies which are inexpensive and easily found in local supermarkets in the ethnic aisle .