Imagery Teacher Resources
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Bud, Not Buddy: Guided Imagery Exercise
Develop readers’ awareness of the visual power of language with a guided imagery exercise. Set the stage and create the mood with dim lights, soft music and potpourri. Then read the provided section of Bud, Not Buddy. Next, invite listeners to record images they recall from Christopher Paul Curtis’s tale. Finally, encourage class members to share their writings. The strategy would work well with most naratives.
New! Understanding Shakespeare - "Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind"
Expose your class to Shakespearean language with a manageable excerpt from As You Like It. A wonderfully comprehensive plan, this resource requires pupils to use higher-level thinking skills to interact with a complex text and connect literary devices to thematic meaning. Middle schoolers will examine diction, imagery, sound devices, figurative language, and more through the six provided activities.
Understanding Shakespeare: "When Icicles Hang By the Wall"
“When icicles hang on the wall” speech from Love’ Labor Lost provides class members with an opportunity to analyze figurative language. Groups identify the sensory appeals in the speech, both positive and negative, and then infer the speaker’s attitude toward winter. The lesson ends on “a merry note” as learners demonstrate their understanding of imagery by creating PowerPoint presentations to illustrate imagery in a poem or text. Richly detailed, the plan includes templates, discussion questions, and teaching suggestions.
Annotation and Analysis of Author's Purpose
Model for readers how to identify an author’s purpose in a nonfiction text. Using a document camera, conduct a close reading and annotate a passage from N. Scott Momaday’s, “Riding is an Exercise of the Mind.” Groups then read and annotate the rest of the passage. Finally, they share their responses with the class, identifying patterns they see in the imagery and diction of the passage that signal the author’s purpose. The excerpt, worksheets, and a link to additional assessments are all included in the detailed packet.
Seeing the Image in Imagery: A Lesson Plan Using Film
Begin The Great Gatsby by showing the opening half-hour of the film. Using this clip, discuss imagery with your class and assign each learner a type of imagery. Group learners together according to type of imagery and have them respond to questions. The lesson ends with a paragraph analyzing the director's choices pertaining to imagery.
Imagery in Advertising
Students recognize and interpret imagery by researching the way it is used in advertising. In small groups, they search the magazines for advertisements that use imagery and write a commentary on their examples.
J. Alfred Hyperbolizes
Mermaids will sing to your class members as they engage in an activity related to T.S. Eliot's famous dramatic interior monologue. After engaging in a socratic seminar about literary devices in the poem, individuals choose one interesting example of either hyperbole or imagery, and create an a visual representation. The illustrations are posted in time-line order following the progression of the poem.
Learners study how imagery affects their comprehension of stories. They participate in a guided journey of The Magic School Bus: Inside the Human Body. They compare the information from the book and their guided journey.
Determine a Poem's Theme by Considering Imagery, Sound, and Symbolism
Perfect for your poetry and imagery activity, this short video uses William Wordsworth's "Daffodils" to reinforce the concept of theme. The video is structured in an easy-to-understand format for learners of all levels, and would be a great addition to a poetry unit.
Use Imagery to Notice Setting
Do your sixth graders have a hard time connecting to poetry? Use a video that's just under five minutes long to guide them through imagining a poem's setting by noting the imagery and sensory details. Though the video focuses on "The Twelfth Song of Thunder," you could use the strategies in the video for virtually any poem with strong imagery.
Elements of Style: Literary Devices
How does an author develop his or her personal writing style? This presentation starts by looking at E.E. Cummings and some of his most notable works. As an author with a lot of style, he's the perfect example! Then, terms such as figurative language, symbol, irony, and imagery (among others) are defined and examples are given. Several practice opportunities are also provided.
Imagery and Dependent Authorship
Students use imagery to visualize what they are reading. After a lecture/demo, students listen to a Robert Frost poem, creating a list of words and images as the poem is read aloud. They use the imagery to write their own poem.
Imagery and Sound Devices: In Preparation for Reading Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine
Twelfth graders analyze Ray Bradbury's use of techniques and elements of fiction as well as nonfiction in the novel Dandelion Wine. In this novel analysis lesson plan, 12th graders analyze the sensory techniques in Dandelion Wine. Students use music and artwork to identify imagery and sound devices. Students create a personal narrative prose including imagery and sound devices.
So Much Depends Upon...Sixteen-Word Imagery Poems Inspired by Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
After reading Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (and possibly shedding a few tears), middle schoolers work on their own sixteen-word poems with a Six Trait writing activity. They focus on word choice in this activity to capture an interesting image in just sixteen words. All necessary materials are here, including an overhead with William Carlos Williams' The Red Wheel Barrow to continue the discussion about imagery and word choice.
Imagine That! Analyzing Imagery
Poems by O. Henry, Marion Dane Bauer, Monty Roberts, and Langston Hughes provide the text for a study of symbolism, hyperbole, and imagery. Employing the “think-pair-share” strategy learners generate definitions of these terms and locate examples in the poems.
Standards Focus: Imagery, Macbeth
In this figurative language worksheet, learners examine Shakespeare's use of imagery in "Macbeth" as they read 7 excerpts from the play paying attention to the underlined figures of speech in order to identify the figure speech and comment on its imagery.
Use of Personification and Imagery in Poetry
A reading of Theodore Roethke’s dark "Root Cellar" and Sylvia Plath’s more abstract "Mirror" launches a discussion of imagery and personification in poetry. After finding examples of personification in the poems, class members craft sentences using personification. Links to the poems are included.
Stress Reduction: Visual Imagery
Students use visual imagery in dealing with a stressful situation. They practice the visual imagery in class and at home. They record their reflections in a journal.
Travlin' Through the Basin: Guided Imagery
Students listen to a story. In this imagery lesson, students listen to nature sounds of the Everglades, water and forest. Students listen to a reading of the Tangipahoa River guided imagery passage. Students share their feelings inspired by the guided imagery.
Just Like Brian Wilson Did: Using Allusion to Teach Imagery & Theme
Ninth graders listen to the music of Brian Wilson of the Beachboys and explore his life. This leads into an introduction of general concepts of imagery and symbolism. This is a creative intro for low-level English students to literary concepts.