This assignment from Preserving Civilization uses paint sample chips from hardware stores to inspire students to write poetry. Most paint chips come with names for each shade. Using the dictionary to understand the meanings of those names or locations can help students to elevate their poetic diction to write poems that pop with color! Assignment includes discussion of mood and lets students interact with their word choices in order to create the desired mood. Includes a spot to write their rought draft, a peer edit page as well as a rubric for grading. All you need to provide is the paint samples chips, otherwise this lesson is classroom ready. Can be amended for primary grades.