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Here middle school special education students write a color metaphor poem using adjectives


Language Arts  



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

Instructional Objective:

    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
  • Chalkboard
  • Chalk
  • Paper
  • Pencils


  • 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.

Guided Practice:

    Ask the students to think about a few colors and to try to use some of the provided adjectives to describe these colors.

Independent Practice:

    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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