Lesson 6: Read "Clothesline" By Ralph Fletcher; Explore Words and Phrases Through Mirror Dance

The five senses are the focus of a lesson designed to explore feelings that a poem evokes through a variety of words and phrases. After a read-aloud and grand conversation, scholars dance to the free-verse poem "Clothesline" by Ralph Fletcher to showcase the emotions it inspired. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a poetry-themed bulletin board that showcases the lesson's poem and the five senses
  • Make the word wall a blog post that scholars can list meaningful words on both in and outside of school 
  • Direct pupils to close their eyes and listen to a free-verse poem, then discuss what they envisioned and how they felt 
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires copies
  • The lesson is the sixth of 16 in a poetry-themed unit 
Pros

  • Provides tips for reaching all learners as well as a suggested script
  • Encourages movement 
Cons

  • None