The Moon

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By Emily Dickinson

This descriptive poem about the Moon is written by the classic American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). The poem is evocative and features examples of simile and metaphor. The downloadable version of the poster has hot spots. Click on these to view additional screens with information about other planets’ moons. Children can use these to inspire poems of their own, written in a similar style.


Shared teaching and learning

Before reading

  • Construct a mind map detailing facts and descriptive features of the Moon – eg, colour, craters, and position in the solar system. When reading the poem, check which features are alluded to.
  • Discuss typical features of a poem – eg, rhyme, metre, simile and metaphor. Elicit examples of similes and metaphors from the children.
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  1. Noah Garcia
    on 10 December 2011

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