William Carlos Williams - Reading and Writing Imagist Poems

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In this lesson, students read "The Red Wheelbarrow" and "This is Just to Say" by William Carlos Williams and use the poems as inspiration for their own poetry writing. Additionally, students read lines from the poem "The Apple" and then examine actual apples to further their experience of Imagism.

In pre-reading activities, they read biographical information to build background knowledge. Next, they brainstorm ideas for their own writing, and then they are given the apples to practice understanding the literal and symbolic meanings of poetry. After, they read Williams’s poems and answer questions to check for understanding. Finally, they use their pre-writing and reading as mentor texts for the writing of their own poems. Additionally, they may take the poems through the writing process and participate in peer review before creating a final, polished poem.

With Inspired Writing, students use the texts they read as models for their own writing. This lesson provides students with inspiration from classic poems, and students imitate a characteristic of the poems (simple language, imagery, themes about everyday life, e.g.) for their own authentic writing.

This 18-page product includes the following:

  • explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards
  • pre-reading guide
  • “Understanding Imagery – The Power of Poetry” activity
  • “The Red Wheelbarrow” handout
  • “This is Just to Say” handout
  • poetry writing assignment
  • peer review guide
  • proofreading handout
  • rubric
  • key

**Please note that this lesson includes an activity which requires purchasing small apples for the students.**

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Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

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