Title: Color Poems
Grade/Subject: 4th Grade Language Arts
- 1.4.4.A: Write poems, multi-paragraph stories and plays.
- Students will be able to write their own color poems incorporating their senses by using a color poem template.
- Read My Many Colored Days by Dr. Suess aloud.
- Ask students: “What do the different colors represent? What do the colors show?”
- Feelings and emotions
- State: “We are going to write color poems that will show what colors represent, what they remind us of, and how they make us feel.”
- Read the color poem that I wrote (“Red”) out loud:
Red seas fill the stands.
Red is lined on the jersey's pinstripes.
Red is anticipation of the first pitch.
Red is the taste of victory.
Red smells like trouble for the opposition.
Red sounds like fans cheering.
Red evokes the feelings of pre-game jitters.
Red looks like a team ready to play.
Red makes excitement for baseball.
Red is the color of the Philadelphia Phillies.
- Have students do a brief think-pair-share discussing what they noticed about the poem. Then, ask the students to raise their hand and share.
- Uses five senses, starts with “Red,” has a theme
- Read “What is Purple?” on page 189 of Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children's Literature, K-6. Have students do a brief think-pair-share comparing “What is Purple?” poem to my poem. Then, discuss as a class.
- Uses senses, doesn't have a theme, doesn't have specific format
- Ask the class to brainstorm a list of colors. Write the colors on the board.
- Pick two or three of the colors listed, and brainstorm things that could be that color, keeping the five senses in mind. Write the ideas as a chart on the board. Start by giving the students an example, then have students share their own ideas by raising their hands.
- Have the class decide on one color to write a poem.
- Write a poem as a class, using the ideas on the board. Use the Color Poem template, but to save time, pick only four of the lines (senses). Give the students a sense to use, then have them give a description.
- Focus: Poem is about Colors
- Content: Students incorporate their senses
- Organization: Poem is organized in a way that makes sense
- Style: voice is apparent through word choice
- Conventions: grammar and spelling is on grade level
- Color poem template graphic organizer (Found on our Teachers Pay Teachers Page)
- Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children's Literature, K-6 by Lynne Dorfman & Rose Cappelli
- My Many Colored Days by Dr. Suess (PowerPoint Presentation)
- PowerPoint Presentation of My Many Colored Days by Dr. Suess. Read the book aloud by going through the PowerPoint slides.