Language Arts Lesson Plan
Vase with Landscape and Inscription
Large Jar (Hu)
Cloisonné Meiping Vase
Students will write a synonym-rhyming poem.
Students will know the definition of synonym.
Students will create a rhyming poem using synonyms.
Sunshine State Standards:
LA.A.1.2.2; LA.A.1.2.3; LA.A.1.2.4; LA.B.1.2.1; LA.B.1.2.2; LA.B.1.2.3;
Pictures of the art objects, vases
Example of couplets (see reference section)
Word processing program
1. Read and review couplets.
2. Brainstorm with a partner words that are synonyms for vase.
3. When you have six or seven words, use the word vase as your title.
4. Then try composing your first line of poetry.
5. Write it out and listen to how it sounds.
6. Rearrange words until they make a suitable rhyme.
7. Second line could be: describe the object a bit more or explain how you feel
about the object. It must rhyme.
8. Write final version.
9. Share with class.
Synonym: a word that means the same thing or almost the same thing as another
Couplet: two lines of poetry that rhyme. Each synonym poem is made up of one
• When you have your couplet written out, listen to how the words sound
• Ask yourself if they work with each other to make a suitable rhyme.
• If they don’t, then move a couple of the words around within the line.
• If that doesn’t work, then go back to find substitute words.
• When your first line sings a song, look for a good second line that will
complete your poem.
• Be sure to read your poem aloud to practice the rhythm.
Important Vocabulary: synonym, couplet, rhyme and rhythm
• Students’ lists will have four synonyms for the word vase.
• Students’ poems will show evidence of correct use of synonyms with four
synonyms for the word vase.