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Lonely as a Cloud: Using Poetry to Understand Similes

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Grades 4 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four or five 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Cranston

Lisa Cranston

Comber, Ontario


International Literacy Association



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Many students approach poetry writing with fear and trepidation. Literature can provide a scaffold for students to use when approaching a new writing task and can help create an environment that increases the opportunity for student success. In this lesson, students identify similes in poetry and gain experience in using similes as a poetic device in their own work.

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Simile Poem Brainstorm handout: This handout can be used with any lesson about similes.

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Certo, J.L. (2004). Cold plums and the old men in the water: Let children read and write "great" poetry. The Reading Teacher, 58(3), 266271.

  • A poetry link is a writing suggestion, statement, or assignment that stems from an original text.

  • By examining models, students can make their own reading-writing connections. They use these models-playing with the meaning, form, and elements of the original-as a springboard for their own writing.


Labbo, L.D. (2004). Poetry on the screen. The Reading Teacher, 58(3), 308311.

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