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Creating Food for Thought

Cindy Listowski
Lee County School District


After listening to a selection of poems from William Cole's [Poem Stew], the students practice poem writing and later develop a poem on the topic of food. The poems are then compiled into a class book.


The student understands the distinguishing features of literary texts (for example, fiction, drama, poetry, folktales, myths, poems, historical fiction, autobiographies).


-Book: Cole, William. [Poem Stew]. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1981.
-Forms of poetry worksheets (See Associated File)
-Colored pencils
-Plastic book binding
-Rubric for Poetry and Illustrations (See Associated File)


1. Copy worksheets on the six forms of poetry with practice exercises for the students. (See Associated File)
2. Secure a copy of [Poem Stew] and select various poems to share with the class.
3. Download and copy the Rubric for Poetry and Illustrations (See Associated File), one per student.
4. Have computers available for students to type their poems, if desired.
5. Cut paper for the illustrations, making them the size you want the class book.


Note: This lesson is best used as a culminating activity for a series of lessons on poetry.

1. Review the forms of poetry (limerick, haiku, free verse, concrete, acrostic and cinquain) through mini-lessons and worksheets. (See Associated File) Spend one or two days on each of the forms of poetry.

2. Read to the class a selection of poems from [Poem Stew]. Tell students that they will be writing poems on the topic of food as well.

3. Hand out and explain the Rubric for Poetry and Illustrations (See Associated File) at this time. Have students begin writing poems about food using the various forms of poetry.

4. Students select 1-2 poems to submit to the class poetry book.

5. Students publish their poems and illustrate with original drawings.

6. Compile the poems and bind together into a book.

7. Each student receives a book of their own to take home.


The rubric is used to evaluate the poems and illustrations included in the class book. (See Associated File)


1. Students write on topics other than food.
2. Students learn other forms of poetry.

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