Zipper-Up Zack

Your students will giggle their way through this lighthearted poem

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Learning Objective

Students will identify a poem’s rhymes and mood in this silly poem about a man made of zippers.

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Key Skills

Rhyme, mood, inference, interpreting text, author’s purpose

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This article and lesson support the following standards:

Common Core anchor standards: R.1, R.4, R.5
TEKS: 3.2, 3.4, 3.6, 3.18b, 3.29, 3.30

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Set a Purpose for Reading (10 minutes)
• Begin by reading aloud the Mood bubble for the class. Talk about other kinds of moods found in poetry, such as serious, humorous, even angry. Then direct students to look at the illustration that accompanies the poem. Based on the illustration, what do they think the mood of this poem will be?
• Ask a student to read the Rhyme bubble for the class. Prepare students to look for examples of rhymes in the poem.

• Read the poem for the class or play our audio version.
• Project or distribute the close-reading and critical-thinking questions and discuss them as a class as students refer to the poem in their magazines.


Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions (15 minutes, activity sheet online)
• What does the poet mean when he says that Zack “had more zippers than a fabric store”? (inference) A fabric store contains a lot of zippers for sale, so the poet is trying to convey that Zack had many zippers all over him.  
• Name some of the words that rhyme. What feeling do you think the rhymes add to the poem? (rhyme) galore and store, feet and seat, hips and lips, eyelids and kids, and why and try. Rhymes make the poem more fun.
• Read the last four lines of the poem. What does Zack plan to use next? (interpreting text) Instead of zippers, Zack will now use buttons.
• What is the mood of this poem? (mood) The mood is happy, silly, and humorous.
• Why do you think the poet wrote this poem? (author’s purpose) The poet wrote the poem to entertain readers and create a funny, silly image in their minds.

Teaching Extras

Influential writers

Ask students if the rhyme and silliness of this poem reminds them of any other author. Prompt them if they can’t come up with anything: What about Dr. Seuss? This can be a discussion about how authors are influenced by one another.

Once more, with feeling!

For an added fluency activity, break students into groups and have them take turns reading the poem, concentrating on reading it with silliness. You can have students record themselves and listen back if you wish.

Celebrating poetry

When we speak with teachers about their favorite genres to teach, poetry is one that comes up less frequently than the rest. If you ever find yourself needing inspiration, this collection of 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month ought to help!