For your budding scientists, show this New York Times video about the physics of flying dandelion seeds – the ones that fly through the air when you blow on a dandelion puffball.
A poet admires the yellow flower’s undefeatable spirit.
Learning Objective: Students will understand personification in a poem that describes a dandelion as a king.
More About the Story
personification, fluency, interpreting text, tone
Levels of Meaning
The poem challenges our usual view of dandelions as weeds, presenting their remarkable (often frustrating) resilience as a virtue.
The poem is 12 lines long and has an ABCB DEFE rhyme scheme.
The poem contains some challenging vocabulary, such as haughty and reign, as well as personification and metaphor. The poet also uses “o’er” in place of “over” for the sake of rhyme.
Readers will appreciate the poem more deeply if they understand how quickly dandelions spread and how unwelcome they are in many gardens.
1. Preparing to Read (10 minutes)
Set a Purpose for Reading
2. Reading the Poem (5 minutes)
3. Discussing the Poem (15 minutes)
4. Skill Building (15 minutes)