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A Garden of Verses--Poems About Class Garden

Lesson Description:
GardenVerses Students will be able to:
  • Brainstorm ideas, write a draft of a poem, and edit for clarity.
  • Use sensory details and literary devices to describe a garden.
  • Identify the various types of poetry.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Lecture

Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
  • Other

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge

Time Needed:
45 minutes
Standards Addressed:
Standards: students will…

Language arts standard 1: use the general skills and strategies of the writing process.
- Benchmark # 1: use prewriting strategies to plan work.
- Benchmark # 2: use strategies to draft and revise written work.
- Benchmark # 3: use strategies to edit and publish.
- Benchmark # 6: use strategies to write for a variety of purposes.
- Benchmark # 8: write narrative accounts, such as poetry and stories.

Language arts standard 6: use reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of literary texts.
- Benchmark # 1: know the defining characteristics of a variety of literary forms and genres (e.g., poems).
- Benchmark # 7: understand the ways in which language is used in literary text.
Materials Needed:
  •  A copy of the poem “Mary, Mary Quite Contrary”
  • Writing utensil
  • Paper
  • Ribbon (to bind a class poetry book)

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
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Lesson Documents:
application/pdf A Garden of Verses.pdf

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