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Exploring Poetry: Using Brush Ninja to Create Visual Poems Lesson Plan

Learning Objective

Students will be able to create visual poems using Brush Ninja and explore the relationship between words and images in poetry.


  • Computers or tablets with internet access
  • Brush Ninja website
  • Poetry books or websites for inspiration


  1. Begin the lesson by discussing what makes a poem and how poets use words to create imagery and evoke emotions.
  2. Introduce the concept of visual poetry, where images play a significant role in conveying meaning.
  3. Demonstrate how to use Brush Ninja to create animated gifs and explain its features such as drawing tools, layers, frames, and timeline.
  4. Give students time to explore the website and experiment with creating simple animations using shapes, colors, and text.
  5. Provide examples of visual poems from poetry books or websites for inspiration.
  6. Encourage students to write their own short poems on any topic they like or choose from a list provided by the teacher.
  7. Students should then use Brush Ninja to illustrate their poems visually using animation techniques learned earlier in class.
  8. Once complete, have students share their visual poems with classmates either through a presentation or posting them online.


Assessment will be based on:

  • Student participation in class discussion about poetry techniques and concepts
  • Student ability to create an original poem that conveys emotion or imagery
  • Creativity demonstrated in developing an animated gif that complements the written poem


For advanced students who finish early:

  • Challenge them to write longer poems that require more complex visuals
  • Ask them to research other forms of visual poetry such as concrete poetry or shape poetry

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