Activity: Imagist Prairie Poems
Web sites used:
the Scenes; Palynology: http://www.museum.state.il.us/muslink/behind/htmls/cr_bot_pal.html
poems for students 8th grade and above.
School in Vermont.
After viewing the Museumlink Web sites for inspiration, and the poetry sites
discussing the concept of imagist poems in class, students will write an imagist
poem that creates a
image in the mind of the reader/listener by its desriptive language.
Required: two 30-40 minute class periods; one for motivation, Web exploration,
and first draft;
a period or more for editing and other drafts.
Lead a whole class discussion on imagery in poems, using some examples. Have
which words or phrases gave them the mental image. Choose a prairie topic, such
as a flower,
a settler's tool or artwork printed out from the Web site. Then have them list
words that describe this
(see sample poem on page three of this plan)
questions about an object or image of an object:
is this an image of?
words can you think of that describe this image that appeal to the sense of
are some feelings you have when you look at this object?
words would you use to describe this feeling?
create some sentences that create a feeling image.
poetry examples for form, have them decide if the poem will rhyme, have metre,
grade level. Tell them they will be writing a first draft the first period,
and edit it the second period,
it, and read it aloud.
questions using a written poem: (read aloud by the teacher)
is the subject matter of the poem?
the words in this poem that appeal to the sense of sight. ...to hearing...to
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