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Focus Trait: VOICE Support Trait: WORD CHOICE

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So Much Depends Upon...

sixteen-word imagery poems to inspire stories and poems

This lesson was created by NNWP Teacher Consultant Dena Harrison. Check out all of Dena's online writing lessons by clicking here.

The mentor text:

Love That Dog tells the story of a young writer discovering the power of poetry.


Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

 Inspired by both William Carlos Williams and the main character in Sharon Creech's Love That Dog, the writer will create four original 16-word poems that capture interesting images.  The writer will then choose a favorite 16-word poem and ask, "Why would so much depend upon that image to someone else?"  The writer can then create a short story about an original character who might have written the 16-word poem.  Teachers: click here to read the entire lesson plan.


6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The sixteen-word poem portion of this writing assignment will focus your students on the focus trait...voice; the goal of the short story is to write a realistic-sounding explanation from an imagined character's point-of-view.   When students use their best 16-word poem as part of a longer story, they will be focused on this lesson's support trait...word choice; carefully considered words will lead to stronger imagery in these short poems.


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