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Here middle school special education students write a color metaphor poem using adjectives
Title – Creative Writing using Colors and Adjectives
By – Michael Chick
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects -
Grade Level – 4
Special Education Grade Level – 6-8
New York State Standards:
- ELA 2
- Student will be able to use adjectives for creative writing.
- Bring in a can of bright pink paint and ask the students to describe how the color makes them feel (e.g., it makes me feel happy).
Materials/ Resources Needed:
- All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka
- Can of pink paint
- Read the book All the Colors of the Earth to the class.
- While reading the book, point out the metaphors. For example, after reading “roaring brown” and “whispering gold,” ask the students, “Do browns really roar?” or “Do golds really whisper?”
- Have the students write a poem using colors.
- Provide a list of adjectives on the chalkboard (i.e., cheerful, lonely, friendly, brave, etc.) for the students to use in their poems.
- Ask the students to think about a few colors and to try to use some of the provided adjectives to describe these colors.
- The students will rewrite their poem using adjectives to describe all of their colors.
- The students will share their poems in a small group.
- For homework, the students will be asked to think of other ways they can use adjectives to describe words.
- They will write a story in which adjectives are used to describe words (e.g., they might write “the boy walked down the lonely street”) and turn it into class the next day.
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