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Here students use visual imagery to write an original color poem illustrated with images, transitions and narration in a photo story


Computers & Internet, Language Arts  


3, 4, 5  

Title – Digital Color Poetry
By – Rosemary Roberts
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Computers / Internet
Grade Level – 3-5

Concept/Topics To Teach:

  • poetry
  • descriptive phrases
  • similes
  • digital photography

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Standards Addressed:

    English Language Arts and Reading, Grade 3

      (18) Writing/Literary Texts. Students write literary texts to express their ideas and feelings about real or imagined people, events, and ideas.

        (B) Students are expected to write poems that convey sensory details using the conventions of poetry (e.g., rhyme, meter, patterns of verse).

      (19) Writing. Students write about their own experiences. Students are expected to write about important personal experiences.

General Goal(s):

  • Students will create original color poems that connect their favorite color to the object of their poem.
  • Students create digital stories to illustrate the poems.

Specific Objectives:

  • Students will develop a 2-4 minute presentation using Photo Story 3 that visually presents their color poem.
  • Presentations will contain at least 10 images, two transitions, and narration.

Required Materials:

  • Images and music from copyright free sources
  • Personal photos
  • Books:
    • Mary O’Neill’s Hailstones and Halibut Bones
    • Barbara M. Joosse’s I Love You the Purplest

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In):

  • Read Mary O’Neill’s Hailstones and Halibut Bones .
  • Read I Love You the Purplest by Barbara Joosse.
  • Notice how the authors use visual images to represent the sensory detail of colors.
  • List colors from the book on the board and have students give specific examples of how the author used them.

Step-By-Step Procedures:

  1. Students share favorite colors.
  2. Group students by favorites.
  3. Distribute the List of Colorful Imagery for students to discuss.
  4. Students quick write their own images of their favorite colors.
  5. Students will group share ideas.
  6. Students select a subject for their poem.
  7. Using the information from the quick write, personal experience, poem template, and group discussion, students will write a poem following the pattern from the book, I Love You the Purplest .
  8. Students create a story board to organize their stories.
  9. Students will share their stories with the class for peer review.
  10. Students revise stories.
  11. Students will collect images and personal photos to create a Photo Story to illustrate their poem.

Plan For Independent Practice:

  • Students will create original poetry following the model of published writers.
  • Students will access tutorials and example digital stories from the Microsoft website.
  • Students will create and share basic digital stories


  • Discuss the difference between writing and illustrating stories with writing and creating digital stories.
  • Students rate the fun factor of adding a technology tool to writing activities.

Assessment Based On Objectives:

  • Students will assess themselves using a rubric for pre-assessment.
  • Student will assess one another.
  • Students will be evaluated with a rubric determined by the specific objectives:
    • Students created a 2-4 minute digital story to communicate their color poem
    • The digital story contains 10 images
    • The images clearly represent the concepts

Adaptations (For Students With Learning Disabilities):

  • Students may work in groups to complete their stories.
  • Students are allowed extra time to complete their stories.
  • Students will receive personalized instruction as needed from a peer, aide, or teacher.

Extensions (For Gifted Students):

    Students will add music or pan or zoom images.

Possible Connections To Other Subjects:

  • Students can use digital storytelling to showcase other poems or stories from their personal writing journals.
  • Students can use digital storytelling to illustrate many concepts in most content areas.

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