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A Picture Book Poetry Lesson from WritingFix
Focus Trait: WORD CHOICE Support Trait: ORGANIZATION

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Welcome to this Lesson:

The Color of Love

reflecting on colors and the positive images they evoke

This poetry lesson was created by
NNWP Teacher Consultant Karen McGee. Many of Karen's lessons can be found in the NNWP's Six by Six Guide for Primary Teachers.

The mentor text:

I Love You the Purplest poetically tells the story of a mother's love for her two sons. It's a marvelous book to enrich any unit on colors.

Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

In the book I Love You the Purplest, a mother describes her love for her two sons by comparing that love to other things that she loves and hopes they love such as, “I love you the color of a cave in its deepest, hidden part where grizzly bears and bats curl up until night.” In this lesson, students will be invited to reflect on a variety of colors and the pleasurable things that those colors invoke. They then will write a poem about someone they love following Barbara Joosse’s style. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is word choice; the writer’s goal is to “show” his love through the specific words he chooses, through sensory words and imagery.  The support trait in this assignment is organization; the writer will make discoveries about structure as he/she follows the model in Barbara Joosse’s book.

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Because of the quality of its resources and ideas, this WritingFix lesson was selected by the Northern Nevada Writing Project as May 2010's Writing Lesson of the Month. It was e-mailed to thousands of teachers who are members of the NNWP's Writing Lesson of the Month Teacher Network.

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