Lesson Plan

Painting Poetic Pictures with Words!

Do your students struggle with word choices? In this lesson, students will learn strategies for choosing vivid words for their poetry. Although the “persona poem” is used as a model, any type of poetry can be used!
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to distinguish between general and specific words.
  • Students will be able to select specific and vivid words related to poetry that they will write.
  • Students will be able to use spelling strategies to attempt spelling words of choice.
  • Students will be able to revise and edit their writing.


(5 minutes)
  • Invite the students to participate in a shared class drawing.
  • Explain that each student will have the opportunity to add to the drawing but that their turn is over when they lift the pencil or marker.
  • Post a large piece of chart paper or use an interactive whiteboard.
  • Invite all students to the front of the class and have the students form a line.
  • Have one student begin the drawing and then pass the pencil or marker on to the next student in line.
  • Once the drawing is complete, lead a brief discussion about the drawing. What details can the students find?
  • Tell the students that writing is like drawing or painting a picture. The details and word choices are very important because they help the reader make a vivid image of the writing.
  • Tell the students that they will be working on choosing and editing words for poems that they will write.