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Special Friends: 1st Grade ELA Unit

For Teachers 1st Standards
Meet scholars' English language arts needs when you implement one, two, or three of the Houghton Mifflin, Special Friends themed units—extra support, challenge, and English language development—all of which offer differentiated...
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Songwriting Skills

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Check out these detailed lessons using popular music across genres to explain songwriting concepts such as figurative language, elaboration, and tone. Learners examine lyrics to the songs from different musical genres and practice...
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Poetry Writing Practice

For Students 8th - 9th
In this poetry writing worksheet, students identify the topic, similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, rhyme scheme, and alliteration in a poem. Students fill out this information in a given diagram.
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All Together Now: Collaborations in Poetry Writing

For Teachers Pre-K - 5th
Have your elementary learners listen to poems for rhythm and rhyming, and then work together to write one line of a poem. They will complete a practice worksheet for rhythm and rhyming before writing their original poem. This is a great...
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How to Write Funny Poetry — Chapter 1: Writing Poetry

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Do you wish you could write poetry that makes people laugh? Now you can! Check out the first chapter in a poetry writing series that emphasizes the importance of connecting subject matter to a light, bouncy meter.
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Poetry Writing Unit: Writing a Film Poem

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Film poems? To concluded a poetry unit, writers select one of their own poems and create a film that brings to life the sounds and images of their work. Included with the detailed unit plan are daily lessons, student examples, a list of...
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Writing Poetry with Rebus and Rhyme

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Young scholars write rhyming poems using rebus. With pictures instead of words, authors create original work about things they love. 
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Lesson: Paul Chan: Tree of Life

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Paul Chan's work has been known to show the cycle of change. Learners explore the concept of change by analyzing his work and reading the poem "For Which it Stands." They consider symbolism, communication, art, and society as they use...
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Writing Poetry Like a Pro

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Upper elementary learners discover classic and contemporary poetry. They read several poems, discover the power of performing them, and analyze the different parts that make the poems work. At the end, they use what they learned to...
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Word Beads: Writing Poetry

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders write rhyming poems. For this poetry writing lesson, 2nd graders discuss the meaning of the word "funny." They use word tiles to create a rhyming poem which they transpose into their writing journals. They listen to...
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Forced Rhymes and How to Avoid Them

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Ready to take your poetry writing to the next level? Use an independent lesson to iron out all those forced rhymes, wrenched rhymes, and near rhymes from first-draft poems.
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Rain Forest Acrostic Poem

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this rain forest poetry writing worksheet, students create their own poem, using the provided format. Each line of poetry will begin with the letter highlighted in the title, "Rain Forest."
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Solar System Acrostic Poem

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this poetry writing activity, students read the title SOLAR SYSTEM. Students use these letters to begin each line of poetry.
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Poetry Writing

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Put the tips and tricks in this guide into practice in order to encourage your pupils to blossom into poets. A wonderful reference material for teachers, this packet includes definitions of poetic terms and forms as well as step-by-step...
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Writing: Rhythm/Repetition

For Students 5th - 8th
In this poetry writing worksheet, students read a poem, circle phrases that sound similar or are repeated, then write those phrases on blanks provided. Next, students write the first and last line of a 3 stanza poem and use these ideas...
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My Teacher Acrostic Poem

For Students 1st - 3rd
In this poetry writing worksheet, students create their own acrostic poem. The title is "My Teacher." The first letter of every line is provided.
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To My Friend

For Students 6th - 10th
In this poetry writing worksheet, students answer the 10 short answer questions regarding one of their good friends and then follow the poetry writing prompt at the bottom of the worksheet.
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Tanka

For Students 3rd - 7th
The Tanka, another fix from of Japanese poetry, is featured in the final exercise in a 10-part series of poetry writing activities.
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Diamonte (dee-a-MON-tay)

For Students 3rd - 7th
Did you say a diamonte? Ask your young poets to craft and polish this gem of a form poem. The fifth in a series of ten poetry writing exercises.
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Cinquain (sink-ain)

For Students 3rd - 7th
The cinquain, a five line, fixed-form poem that features one subject, is the focus of the third exercise in a series of ten poetry writing resources.
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Heartsongs Poetry by Mattie Stepanek

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Use Mattie Stepanek’s Heartsongs book of poetry to inspire young poets to write about their own lives, experiences, and feelings. After reading the introduction to Mattie’s book, in which he talks about himself and his reasons for...
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Just Around the Corner

For Teachers 4th - 7th
The canine character in James Stevenson’s Just Around the Corner provides the impetus for young poets to craft a class poem about the disappearing dog. Class members identify several tips and tricks to enhance their poetry writing...
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Q? A Poetry Lesson

For Teachers K - 1st
Students explore language arts by participating in a poetry writing activity. In this letter Q lesson, Students discuss words which begin and contain the letter Q and write a poem using as many as possible. Students share their poems...
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Poetry: What's on Your Plate?

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students create original poetry on the subject of food.  In this poetry writing activity, students use sensory details about a food item to create a class poem.  Students then write short poems with one sensory detail and add another...