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Can your students use colors to describe different parts of their personality?
My loving heart is deep red like a beautiful rose,
My anger at bedtime is fiery orange.
What are their favorite colors? What emotions do they feel? What are they good at? What are their dislikes? These all make great foundations for a color poem!
Encourage your students to use similes and adjectives to boost their imagery.
This Is Me is perfect for getting your students to use similes and metaphors.
Get your students to write a list about themselves, it can either be physical traits, emotions, likes and dislikes or a mix of them all:
- I love playing Minecraft
- I have blonde hair
- I like swimming
Now can your students create a simile or metaphor to describe each one?
- My love for Minecraft is bright blue like the diamonds I mine.
- I have hair as blonde as the beach on a desert island.
- When I swim I am a dolphin darting through the water.
Encourage your students to add adjectives and adverbs to the lines to boost the imagery.
A diamante poem can easily be turned into a personal portrait poem. Ask your students to follow this structure for their poem:
Two adjectives to describe themselves
Describes their position in the family (eg daughter/son/brother/sister of… first child of…)
Two things they like doing
Feels happy when… (other emotions can be used)
Two more adjectives to describe themselves
Daughter of Janet and Kevin
Likes reading books and walking the dog
Feels happy when playing games
Let’s write a recipe poem! Ask your students to write down anything that describes them – emotions, personality traits, physical appearance, etc.
Now ask them to think about and write down any language and measurements that appear in a recipe for a cake. E.g. cups, tablespoons, pinch, etc.
Also get them to include actions that would appear in a recipe: mix, add, fold, bake, etc.
Now they need to combine the recipe language with the details about themselves.
Encourage them to add descriptive language to extend their lines and vocabulary.
In a bowl mix a cup of cheerfulness
With a pinch of morning grumpiness
Extra challenge: can your students make it a rhyming recipe poem?
Add two sparkling blue eyes
And smiling lips that laugh with surprise!