- Practice narrative writing
- Develop vocabulary
- Participate in group discussions
Copies of the Red, White, and Blue Poetry Writing Prompt
Step 1. Ask students to identify the colors of the American flag. Then ask them what the colors signify or stand for. Explain that the colors have come to symbolize bravery (red), purity (white), and justice (blue).
Step 2. Next, ask them to brainstorm other things that are red, white, and blue.
Step 3. Explain that they are going to create poems that celebrate these colors.
Step 4. Ask students to name the five senses and write them on the board: see, hear, smell, taste, and touch.
Step 5. Brainstorm examples as a class of things that look, sound, smell, taste, and feel like each of the colors. Ask students:
- What are some things that look red? (strawberries, stop signs)
- What does red feel like to you? Is it happy or angry? Soft or hard?
- What do you think white smells like? (coconut, rice, marshmallows)
- What does white feel like? (cotton, snow, soft)
- How do you think blue tastes? (cold, blueberries, corn chips)
- What words or things sound like blue? (water, birds) If your students need additional support, brainstorm a list of words associated with each sense for each color.
Step 6. Distribute the activity sheet and read the directions to the class. Students should fill in a word or phrase to finish each sentence. They might complete the page on their own or with partners.
Step 7. Once students are done, invite them to share their poems. As a follow-up activity, have students create collages to represent their poems.