Summer - Travel and Vacation
This poetry-enhanced lesson by Joyce Koff and Beverly Ellman celebrates summer. The unit begins with a biography of Robert Louis Stevenson. In his poem "Foreign Lands," Stevenson introduces us to the wonderful experience of climbing a tree so high that he is able to see the landscape from the perspective of the sky as his eyes become “the sky's blue looking-
glass. . .”
Using their imagination, students first draw a picture of a place
where they would like to go or have been before drawing themselves into this picture placing themselves either up in a tree or high on a swing or on top of a hill, etc. Using their drawing as a model, continue writing about what they drew.
Numerous extension activities for the Summer lesson include:
• Planning a "stay-cation"
• Sink or Float Boats
• Writing a life journey biography
The above activities can be used by teachers to extend the poems, "Foreign Lands" and "A Good Play" by Robert Louis Stevenson as well as "Ithaka" by C.P. Cavafy.