The Red Wheelbarrow

  • Mr. C will reread William Carlos Williams’ poem, “The Red Wheelbarrow.” Students close their eyes while it is read several times. Students create a mental picture of the scene using all five of their senses.

    Assignment

    1. Brainstorm what you saw in your mind while listening to, or rereading, the poem—focus on your five senses.
    2. Organize your brainstorming into poetry format (it should look like a poem), and write what “The Red Wheelbarrow” made you think about.
    3. If you aren’t sure where to put line breaks to make it look like a poem, think about where you want the reader to momentarily pause to create a rhythm to your piece.
    4. Use concrete, not abstract, language. See this handout for more information.
    5. No rhyming.

    The Red Wheelbarrow

    by William Carlos Williams

    so much depends
    upon

    a red wheel
    barrow

    glazed with rain
    water

    beside the white
    chickens.