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Relish William Blake's immortal poem "The Tiger!" Students select a favorite tiger species to illustrate in realistic detail.
William Blake (1757-1827), poet and painter, was born in London. His poem, The Tiger, is probably the best-known poem that has a tiger as its subject. Provide students with opportunities to read Blake's poem, either as a whole class experience, in small groups, or individually. Students may want to act out Blake's poem with drama, pausing between questions. Discuss the mood of Blake's writing. What picturesque words and phrases does the author use to describe the tiger? Compare the poem to Blake's paintings.
Provide opportunities for students to research various species of tigers. All tigers are endangered. Find out where they roam, how they live, and what they look like.
Ask students to select their favorite type of tiger. Look carefully at pictures showing the colors and patterns in the tiger's coat. Use Crayola® Construction Paper Crayons to recreate the favorite tiger. Use brown or black paper to evoke night. For a soft, realistic effect, apply the crayon in strokes that travel the same direction as the tiger's fur.
Students write about the tiger species on the back of their drawings. Include where it is found and other important information. Indicate which qualities that Blake described fit the tiger drawn. Which aspects are different from Blake's tiger?
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