This year, I used this strategy again. While my current students, don't have the severe needs of the class I developed the system for, I thought it would be helpful for some of them.
We were working on a unit that focused on different forms of poetry. One of the lessons for the general education students at grade level was to write a haiku. I wanted my students to do this too. So I stole some ideas from my general ed teacher friends and then added some supports to them. Here is what we did:
1) Each student painted a background of mixed colors with yellow and orange. My assistants and I used our Elison machine to cut out some "bare trees," spiders, and leaves. The kids used the black shapes to glue a scene to their previously painted background. (Sorry I don't have a picture of this! I'll see if I can update this with a "fake" one that I make so you can see what I"m talking about.)
2) As a whole group we looked at the pictures that were created and generated a word bank of words that described our pictures. I wrote them on the board and the kids copied them. We also reviewed the rules and syllable pattern for creating a haiku.