Lesson: Poetry: Visualizing

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Lesson Objective

Students will know and be able better comprehend a poem by using the visualizing strategy.

Lesson Plan



State Standard:

5.LT-S.9. Identify and draw conclusions about the author's use of sensory details, imagery, and figurative language.



Students will know and be able better comprehend a poem by using the visualizing strategy.

Do Now

In your notebook:

Dear Ms/Mr. 

Last night I read_______________by__________. It was really______________. I found it interesting that______________________________. I would not recommend or I would recommend _______because___________.



Can you think of an experience that happened to you long ago but you can remember like yesterday? 

Direct Instruction



T: Readers poets want us to see, feel, hear, taste what they saw, felt, heard and tasted. That is why poems are so filled with vivid language. When a poem is well written you can create a mind movie by reading it. You can visualize the experience and feel what the poet felt. You can determine the setting and visualize the characters.


Today as we read poems, I want you to visualize(create a mind movie) and try and put yourself in the place of the poet. Try to see, feel, smell, taste, touch, etc. just as the poet did.


Guided Practice

T: Read a poem (Harriet Tubman by Eloise Greenfield (http://poetryforchildren.tripod.com/poetryforchildren/id32.html). 


Ask students what they visualize while reading the poem. Ask them what they feel, see, taste, and touch? What images come to mind? Where is the setting? Who are teh characters. What questions do they still have? 


Repeat with another poem


Distribute  & explain Poetic Thoughts Graphic Organizers or sketch a picture to match the poem.

Read another poem as you are reading have students complete graphic organizer : Garbage by Valerie Worth http://poetryforchildren.tripod.com/poetryforchildren/id43.html)



Wax Lips


Todd’s Hardware was dust and a monkey—

a real one, on the second floor—

and Mrs. Todd there behind the glass cases.

We stepped over buckets of nails and lawnmowers

to get to the candy counter in the back,

and pointed at the red wax lips,

and Mary Janes,

and straws full of purple sugar.

Said goodbye to Mrs. Todd, she white-faced and silent,

and walked the streets of Beaver,

our teeth sunk hard in the wax,

and big red lips worth kissing.

 Other Poem to Use: The Quangle Wangles Hat-http://www.nonsenselit.org/Lear/ll/quangle.html




Non-Fiction Poems: http://inkrethink.blogspot.com/2008/03/poetry-in-non-fiction.html


Independent Practice

Give students a copy of their own poem and have them complete the organizer. Students can then draw a picture to match the poem.



Share Graphic Organizers



Student analysis of poem.

Lesson Resources

Poetry for Chidren
Non-Fiction Poems
Garbage by Valerie Worth


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