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Poems to Bug
Your Reader

using wordplay to develop a poem about invertebrates

This lesson was built for WritingFix after being proposed by NNWP Teacher Consultant Denise Gallues at an SBC-sponsored inservice class.

The intended "mentor text" to be used when teaching this on-line lesson is the picture book insectlopedia by Douglas Florian. Before writing, students should listen to and discuss the writing style of this book's author.

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Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

Douglas Florian’s insectlopedia, a collection of paintings and poems, is a delightful romp through the worldof creepy, crawling, flying things.  Word Choice is everything— alliteration, rhymes, puns, and inventions provide a clever, engaging look at the biology around us.  Because the poems are short, selecting the BEST words becomes critical; this poetry activity encourages writers to play with sound and rhythm by choosing adjectives and rhymes to tickle the reader. Teachers: Click here to freely access the entire lesson plan and its resources.

6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is word choice; poets will base their poetic inspirations on word play and rhyme. The support trait in this assignment is idea development; based on Florian's models, students should be encouraged to explore unique ideas with their original poems.

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