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Synonym Poetry


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  • Arts & Humanities
    Language Arts
  • Educational Technology


  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Students choose a word -- any word -- think about what it means to them, and build synonym poems around their words!



  • choose a word.
  • list synonyms for the word.
  • use their lists of words and library and/or online reference tools (a thesaurus and/or dictionary) to build poems around the words they chose.
  • share their synonym poems with classmates.


adjective, describe, dictionary, poem, poetry, rhyme, synonym, thesaurus, vocabulary

Materials Needed

library or online dictionaries and/or thesauruses (optional)

Lesson Plan

Explain to students that they will choose a word, brainstorm adjectives and descriptive phrases related to the word, and use their brainstormed ideas to write synonym poems. For complete details, see the lesson, Synonym Poetry.


Students accurately use synonyms in their poems.

Lesson Plan Source

30 Days of Poetry

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

Return to the Lesson Planning article, Turn Students Into Well-Versed Poets.


Originally published 04/19/2002
Last updated 03/16/2017