Writing About Art: The Scream

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Students will write a sensory poem inspired by The Scream.

Structured poetry idea inspired by Keith Polette's Teaching Grammar Through Writing and Joan Franklin Smutny's free-verse poetry


  1. First, students simply notice interesting things in the painting. Encourage them to take their time and keep looking.
  2. Students will answer a few questions about the painting to help to transition to writing.
  3. Next, students write using a specific structure which I model.
  4. Finally, they look for places they can add a bit more detail to make their writing sparkle.


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