Lesson Plan

Out of the Dust: Guided Imagery

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A guided imagery exercise is a great way to get readers thinking about writing. As part of their study of Out of the Dust, Karen Hesse’s 1998 Newbery Medal winning verse novel, class members listen to a reading of one of the poems from the novel and then respond in writing to what they felt, heard, saw, tasted, and smelled.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Conclude the exercise by having groups identify the sensory language in the passage and again in their own writing
Classroom Considerations
  • Part of a series of resources designed specifically to accompany a reading of Out of the Dust
  • The two-page resource includes a rationale for the activity, directions, and the excerpt from the novel used for the guided imagery exercise
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