Animals Can Write Poetry Too

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Lesson Introduction: 

Younger students tend to have a special spot in their hearts for animals. This is the best time to introduce poetry, simple as it may be, from the perspective of animals. This unit gets students engaged in playful and descriptive words that help them imagine being in their preferred animal’s foot. This will introduce them to a writing experience in which full sentences are not needed. They can experience some freedom in playing with words and being more focused on certain writing elements such as voice and word choice.

Learning Objectives: 

In this lesson, students will have opportunities to:

  • Read, discuss, and respond to poems.
  • Use poetry to imagine being in another creature's world.
  • Write a poem that follows a structure.
  • See how poems inspire other poems.
Materials and Resources: 

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Poetry In Voice is a charitable organization that encourages Canadian students to fall in love with poetry through reading, writing, and recitation. All of our resources are available online for free. You may also use our resources if you reside outside of Canada.