In this lesson, students read imagist poems by William Carlos Williams. In pre-reading activities they read biographical information to build background. Next, they brainstorm ideas for their own writing and use apples to practice understanding the literal and symbolic meanings of poetry. Then, they read Williams’ poems and answer questions to check for understanding.
Finally, they use their pre-writing and reading to inspire 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. **Please note that this lesson includes an activity which requires purchasing small apples for the students.**
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 -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, and key.
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