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.
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.
To teach this lesson, you will need:
- Imagine Walking in Our Paws: a Collection of Poems by Animals (YouTube)
- students' writing journal
- 11 x 17 " paper
- picture books of different animal on display in the classroom