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Illustrating Imagery in Poetry

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Author:Patsy Peoples
System: Covington County
School: Florala High School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 10701


Illustrating Imagery in Poetry


Students will select a favorite poem from a class poetry unit, from Poem Finder, included in the Alabama Virtual Library, or from other online sources or poetry collections in the school library, and create a collage or digitally-produced illustration of the poem's imagery.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 9-12
Computer Applications
6 ) Utilize advanced features of multimedia software, including image, video, and audio editing.

Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 9-12
Computer Applications
9 ) Practice ethical and legal use of technology systems and digital content.

•  Explaining consequences of illegal and unethical use of technology systems and digital content
Examples: cyberbullying, plagiarism

•  Interpreting copyright laws and policies with regard to ownership and use of digital content
•  Citing sources of digital content using a style manual
Examples: Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA)

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 12
7 ) Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare.) [RL.11-12.7] (Alabama)

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 12
8 ) Demonstrate knowledge of foundational works of European literature with a concentration in British literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics. [RL.11-12.9] (Alabama)

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 12
9 ) By the end of Grade 12, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the Grades 11-College and Career Readiness (CCR) text complexity band independently and proficiently. [RL.11-12.10]

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will demonstrate understanding of imagery in poetry by creating a personal interpretation in collage form. Students will apply Internet research skills to locate poetry written by selected poets. Students will write an explanation of their illustrations.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

Students will demonstrate the use of digital cameras and/or graphics software.

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

Greater than 120 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

For handmade collages: old magazines, cardboard or poster paper, scissors, paste, old newspapers, copies of poems, glue sticks, etc.

Technology Resources Needed:

Computers with Internet access, digital cameras, graphics software such as Paint


Students will need basic Internet research skills, an introduction to the Alabama Virtual Library, and discussions of imagery and figurative language.

1.)After, or as part of a poetry unit, instruct each student to select a poem from the unit as his/her favorite. Ask students to take a few minutes to write in their journals or notebooks why they've selected this poem. Lead a brief class discussion about how selections were made. Emphasize the use of imagery in the poems selected.

2.)Allow class time for an Internet search. (For schools without this option, provide poetry anthologies from the school library.) Students who like a particular poet's style should locate another poem by that author. Encourage students to read other poems available online or in poetry anthologies from the school library. Emphasize that the students must choose one poem in which the imagery is particularly vivid for them.
(Alabama Virtual Library)
Poem Finder is accessed by choosing "Literature" and allows students to enter authors' names or browse good modern poetry.

3.)Discuss and approve with each student his/her choice. Some students may need help with some of the imagery.
(English Hub High School Guide)
Remarkable site of useful information including a wealth of poetry that is easily accessed.

4.)Instruct students to place a copy of their chosen poems on poster paper or cardboard. If the digital option is used, have students copy and paste their poems to the appropriate software.
(Poetry 180)
Introduce your students to the Library of Congress poem a day for American students

5.)Allow students to choose images and words from old magazines and newspapers to glue around the copy of the poem. If using the digital option, students can use inserted graphics, features such as WordArt, and inserted digital photos to illustrate the poem or the illustration they created in a graphics program. MS Publisher poster option may be used to create the design and print it out as a poster.

6.)Display student work. Encourage students to share their selections and explanations with their classmates.
(High School Poetry and Prose at Words Work Network)
An archive of student poetry kids will like browsing at "Frodo’s Notebook"

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Assessment Strategies

Students will be assessed on written paragraphs, support of images chosen, comprehension, and completion of assignment. (Poster rubric is attached.)





Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.