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Exquisite Beauty… From A Secret Garden!

ESL Voices, June 9, 2011

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Afternoon on a Hill” (1892 –1950)

Hi Everyone,

The weather is wonderful and (as you’ve guessed by now) it’s all about the flowers!

We wanted to take a moment and share these beautiful photographs of  flowers. Teachers might consider using the photos as a starting point for some of the following activities. Enjoy!

(To R. D. and L. J. — They are truly beautiful — Many Thanks)

Foxglove- Photo: courtesy of R. Deck

Red Dahlia-Photo: courtesy of R. Deck

White Peony- Photo: courtesy of R. Deck


The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.  ~Basho

Pink Peony- Photo: courtesy of R. Deck

‘Tis my faith that every flower

Enjoys the air it breathes!

~William Wordsworth, “Lines Written in Early Spring,” Lyrical Ballads, 1798

Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803 – 1882)



Lesson Plans:

For those of you working with young ESL learners or beginning students, here are several very good lesson plans that include practice in all of the language skills.

Growing Flowers– Lesson plan by C. Gorman, and J. Haynes

April Showers-Bring Me Flowers! Lesson plan by  T.  B. Grünenfelder

The Four Main Parts of a Flower -Lesson plan by L. Martin

(Intermediate-advanced level)

Science: Discovery Education

This is an interesting lesson plan for more advanced  ESL students.

Plant PollinationLesson plan by  M. C. Cahill

Additional Activities

Place students in groups and have them try to create a poem about flowers.

Have students try to draw the flowers presented in the photos above.

For more advanced students, have them try to create a haiku about flowers.

image of Basho Matsuo (1644-1694)

First day of spring–
I keep thinking about
the end of autumn.

by Basho Matsuo

Image of Basho Matsuo, courtesy of Mushimegane