Describe the function and effect of common literary devices, such as imagery.

I enjoy hearing from students and teachers alike, that the words of many of the poems within The 8 O'Clock Bell cause listeners to imagine the scenes happening in their heads.  


Have students put their heads down, close their eyes, and prepare to listen carefully to the poem you are about to read.  Ask them to "picture it all" in their heads as you share a selection from the book.  (Examples: Line Up! - The 8 O'Clock Bell - The Man with a Plan -  Safety First - This Bus is Incredibly Cold)

Following the reading(s), allow students time to spatially relate their thoughts of specific lines from the poetry in the form of a drawing or painting, whether it be realistic or abstract. They can then incorporate the lines that inspired their artwork as a caption.

Additional thoughts from the author:

What makes a poem or story put a picture in someone else's mind?

For me, the answer is you don't need a lot of extra words to make your point - just carefully selected ones -   and it often takes a great deal of time to decide upon which words might really be the "right" ones.  When writing, I constantly think about how I can re-create phrases with different, more interesting word choices.   

See how many different ways you can write a brief thought, without changing the meaning of your message.