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Poetry Brainstorm

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Looks like? Sounds like? Smells like? Feels like? Tastes like? Sometimes a white, blank, soulless piece of paper can intimidate writers. Provide potential poets with this template that can serve as a parking lot for words and phrases to...
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The Tone Map

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Poems are meant to be heard. Hearing a poem being read enriches one’s understanding of the tone and mood of the piece. Introduce your class to the sounds of poetry with a packet that not only details how to use poetry recordings in the...
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Play with Powerful Poetry

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Use stations to teach skills relevant to the Common Core and tap into individual creativity.
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Honoring Our Pets During National Pet Week

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Recognize National Pet Week with reading and writing activities to celebrate the animals in your pupils' lives.
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Lesson: Paul Chan: 1st Light and 5th Light

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Paul Chan's latest exhibit includes seven manifestations of light. Today, kids analyze the pieces 1st Light  and 5th Light. They consider the concept of opposed or dualistic realities found in literature, society, and Chan's work. They...
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Lesson: Paint Inspiring Words

For Teachers 7th - 12th
The painting Three Young Girls circa 1620, was believed to be painted after the death of the subjects' mother. Art enthusiasts analyze the image details to determine if they come to the same conclusion. They then use the sensory details...
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Unknown Frost Poem Discovered

For Students 8th - 12th
What? A long-lost poem from Robert Frost? Introduce your class to a poem recently found and published from Robert Frost's personal collection. The lesson includes background information on the author, the poem itself, and a list of...
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Lesson: Tomma Abts: Abstract Painting

For Teachers 9th - 12th
One must first learn how to analyze art before they can properly respond to it. Here, young analysts examine six abstract pieces in a systematic and formal way. They then respond to one of the pieces in either a poem or an essay. An...
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Lesson: Impressions

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Here, Autumn Poplars is the painting upper graders will analyze. They look at techniques, time period, and the use of impressionism to convey a natural theme. They go outside to make observations of nature and use what they see to write...
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Lesson Plan: Letting Go

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Why would an artist destroy his own work? Kids examine the Malagan practice of creating and then destroying art. They talk about the cultural and spiritual significance of this practice, as well as how it relates to consumerism in...
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Lesson Plan: Blending Observation and Imagination

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Upper graders analyze the work, Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase by Maria van Oosterwyck. They consider the value of her paintings and how they are still relevent and sought after, 350 years after they were created. The blending of...
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Lesson Plan: Finding Your Path

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Our art often reflects who we are as individuals and as part of a larger community. The painting Hopi Eagle Dancer reflects the history and culture of the artists who created it. Critical thinkers analyze the piece and then compose a...
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The Poet's Toolbox

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
If you need a lesson for your poetry unit, use two poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ("Rain in Summer" and "The Slave in the Dismal Swamp") and a resource on Elements of Poetry. The lesson plan guides you through activities on...
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Merry Maple Leaf

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
Celebrate the beautiful colors of fall with this fun series of activities. After a nature walk to observe all the different colors and types of leaves, pupils head back into the classroom to complete a short poem and paint the included...
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The Modernist Struggle: Allusions, Images, and Emotions in T.S. Eliot’s Prufrock

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
After a series of close reading activities that focus on modernist elements in T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," individuals are asked to adopt the point of view of a mental health professional and e-mail Prufrock...
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Reading and Responding: Lesson 9

For Teachers 8th
Follow this instructional activity, which is written more like a script, to practice reading a poem with your class. Pupils read "The Road Not Taken" and respond to five multiple choice questions on a provided worksheet. The plan leads...
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Core Analysis Frame: Poetry

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Dig deep into any piece of poetry with a set of analysis questions. Ponder the content, form, and language of poetry and provide some question for critique. The first two pages include general questions, and the remainder of the document...
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6th Grade Poetry Project

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Combine writing, reading, speaking, and listening with one comprehensive assignment. Budding poets put together books or portfolios of poems, literary terms, and other listed assignments. Part of the project is to select a poem to read...
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Poetry Portfolio

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Wrap up your poetry unit with a portfolio. This resource includes specific requirements for the presentation and content of a portfolio. Writers include examples of literary devices, write six original poems, and conduct a study of a...
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Elizabethan Sonnets

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Shall I compare this project to a summer's day? Perhaps not, but you might find your pupils making similar comparisons as they work on their own Elizabethan sonnets. The resource includes an assignment page, a clever student example,...
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Fiction, Poetry, and Drama Part 1

For Students 5th - 8th
Similar to a textbook, this resource includes multiple texts, plenty of explanation, lots of practice, and several graphic organizers. Use all of the materials, or pick and choose from such texts as "The Circuit," "Shoes for Hector,"...
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Sor Juana, la monja y la escritora: Las Redondillas y La Respuesta

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Sor Juana, considered one of the first feminist writers and a great Latin American poet, is the topic and inspiration for this excellent instructional activity. Use the introduction, guiding questions, and learning objectives to lead...
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Sor Juana, la poetisa: Los sonetos

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Examine two of Sor Juana's sonnets in depth. Learners first listen to an audio recording or a reading of the sonnets and then analyze the structure and form, paying attention to elements of the Baroque and el gongorismo. Assess student...
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Free Verse Poem - Graphic Organizer

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Support your young writers as they explore the freedom and creative potential of a free verse poem. Based on a model poem written by Maya Angelou, this graphic organizer does an excellent job of helping learners form their unique ideas...
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Express Yourself Pre Assessment Lesson 1 & 2

For Teachers 6th
Find out how much your class knows about literary elements with a quick pre-assessment. Pupils work first individually to identify the instances of personification, metaphor, simile, and more, and then with group members to determine the...
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Earth Day Reading Comprehension

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Here is a really neat Earth Day reading passage that can be used online or printed. The initial passage provides learners with the opportunity to read a poem entitled, "Woodman, Spare That Tree!" It also includes comprehension questions...
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Connecting Poetry to Your Life: “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost and Bruce Hornsby

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Make poetry relevant by inviting your class to participate in the prompt-writing process. To start off the process, read "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost, discussing the poem with the provided questions. Next, read "The Road Not...
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Sounds and Sense: Forms of Poetry

For Teachers 7th - 8th
How many different types of rhyme can you think of? This PowerPoint includes five different types, as well as six other poetry terms to learn. Each word has its own slide and is paired with a definition and example. Since all of the...
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6th Grade: Express Yourself, Lesson 1: Poem

For Teachers 6th Standards
While originally created to accompany The Cay, this poetry instructional activity could be used on it's own, especially if you are working on dialect. Class members conduct a close reading of "When Malindy Sings" by Paul Laurence Dunbar...
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“Outsider” Poet Kay Ryan Goes from Poetry Club Reject to Poet Laureate

For Teachers 6th - 11th Standards
The cat might have got your tongue, but you can’t avoid the elephant in the room while you wait for the other shoe to drop. After all, the early bird gets the worm and the chickens are circling. After researching Poet Laureate Kay Ryan...
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Traveling Robert FrostÕs The Road Not Taken

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Explore poetry with this resource featuring the work of Robert Frost. An instructor describes Frost's life and poetry in this video. It could provide a short introduction to a lesson on his poetry.
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Sonnet 27

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The beauty of poetry is explored in this video about sonnets. A group of learners composed a sonnet and created a video to describe it. It is a creative and interesting presentation that is bound to inspire your class.
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Sonnet 23

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Motivate your class with this example of a sonnet. This learner-made video can be used to describe what a sonnet is and the importance of imagery.
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Your Mighty Teeth

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd Standards
Why do we need our teeth? For this first of four lessons, young learners are introduced to the different ways we rely on our pearly whites. The class is initially engaged with a mystery box activity, which leads into a discussion about...
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Mark a Poem's Rhyme Scheme

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Are you looking for a way to teach your eighth graders about rhyme scheme? A short, helpful video instructs young readers how to identify and mark the rhyme scheme in a poem. Use the video in a poetry interpretation lesson, or when...
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Notice Verbs Used in Poem to Understand the Poem

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
What makes a strong poem? Eighth graders examine how using strong verbs can make a poem powerful to a reader. A three-minute video helps readers to identify the parts of speech in William Wordsworth's "Daffodils," and how to use that...
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Maya Angelou: Study and response to "Still I Rise"

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
 “Still I Rise,” is the focus of a two-day exercise that asks learners to trace the development of the theme of emotional opposites (hopelessness/rising above adversity) by highlighting details in Maya Angelou’s poem. They then craft...
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Introduction to Poetry

For Teachers 6th - 10th
What makes a poem a poem? Give your class a basic understanding of some of the different aspects of poetry by showing them a slide show of poetic devices and elements. The presentation is quite long, so you might split it up into a few...
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Whatif by Shel Silverstein

For Teachers 3rd - 4th Standards
What a skillful way to incorporate Shel Silverstein, a wonderful author, into the classroom. Composed of three tasks, children are led through a series of text-dependent questions that force them to unveil the meaning of Silverstein's...
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Poetry

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Poetry presentations prepare pupils for practice with a teacher's tortured tongue twisters. Now say that three times fast! After you've mastered that, you might take a look at this PowerPoint, which begins with a light poem and quotes,...
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M.C. Bard: Hip-Hop and Shakespeare

For Teachers 11th - 12th
What is poetry? Does hip-hop qualify as poetry? Do Shakespeare's monologues qualify as poetry? Class members grapple with these questions as they examine the poetic elements and themes presented in different texts. Groups of four study...
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Brave New World: Biopoem

For Teachers 9th - 12th
“Words can be like x-rays if you use them properly—they’ll go through anything.” Readers of Brave New World will be pierced by an activity that asks them to use details from the text to craft a biopoem for one of the characters in Aldous...
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Three Bags Full

For Teachers Pre-K - 5th
Sheep are not just for the barnyard: they can be wooly fun in the classroom as well. This curriculum unit includes simple poetry, fluffy arts and crafts, musical fingerplay, a page of word problems, and a wool science experiment. Of...
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Writing, Critique, and Revising: Two-Voice Poems (Chapter 14: "Las Ucas/Grapes")

For Teachers 5th Standards
Continue work on the two-piece poem that compares two characters from Esperanza Rising. Give class members a few minutes to finish their drafts. After they have a complete product, model how to critique and edit the poems with one group....
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Gathering Evidence and Drafting a Two-Voice Poem (Chapter 13: "Los Duraznos/Peaches")

For Teachers 5th Standards
Begin class with a short comprehension quiz and review and then move into a new genre: two-voice poems. The activity provides information about this type of poetry as well as a video example made by eighth graders that you can show your...
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From Light to Dark and Back

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Experiment with light and dark in a series of interactive activities that lead up to reading and writing poetry. Class members have the opportunity to observe their feelings while sitting in the light and dark and to play with shadow...
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Lesson: Urs Fischer: Controlling our Logic, Metaphors, and Semantics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Kids use poetry and contemporary art to start thinking about logic and personal expression. They read Sylvia Plath's poem "Metaphor," and critically examine the art of Urs Fischer. After working though a few logic problems they write...
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Genre Lesson: Poetry

For Teachers 5th Standards
Here is a terrific instructional activity on poetry! Learners bring in the lyrics to their favorite song. A class discussion ensues regarding what makes a song "catchy." After analyzing the alliteration of the poems, learners read the...
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"Forms" of Poetry

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Poetry isn't all sonnets and rhyming couplets! Introduce your class to three fun types of poetry: shape poems, acrostic poems, and diamante poems. Each type is explained, and an example is provided. Challenge your class to write one in...
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A Poetic Place

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Here is a nice way to introduce your young learners to poetry and writing their own poems. Children create their own poems about their favorite quiet-time places. After listening to some poems read aloud by the teacher, each child gets...
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Much Ado About Shakespeare

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Lesson ideas to introduce pupils to the life, language, and works of William Shakespeare.
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"She Walks in Beauty" Analysis

For Students 9th - 12th
Introduce your class to the poetry of Lord Byron. This poem, "She Walks in Beauty," is one of his most famous poems. Read through it on the first page, and then walk your class through an analysis using the second page. Readers discuss...
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Lesson: Expressing the Inner Life of Things

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Found metal objects were welded together to create an inspiring African sculpture. Learners consider the use of objects and the inspiration of African art seen in Picasso's work. They then find and create a scrap art sculpture, as well...
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Lesson: Unfolding Water Lilies

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Comparing two different artistic mediums can be a welcome challenge. Learners compare Monet's The Water Lily Pond to three nature-inspired poems. They consider how each art form is interrelated, descriptive, and expressive. They then...
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Lesson: That Long Jakes

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Cross-media analysis takes time and attention to detail. The class analyzes the painting Long Jakes and the poem "Backward Bill." They pay attention to the similarities and differences in each piece, looking for details that describe the...
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Poetry Notes

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Break this presentation into two or three days so as not to overwhelm your kids. Fifty-four slides is a lot of slides, but the PowerShow is well-organized, and terms are defined clearly and illustrated in examples provided. A general...
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A Poem Derived

For Students 7th - 12th
Borrow vocabulary from other poets! Compiled in this packet are several short exercises to help your class think creatively. They focus on synesthesia, personification, and similes. A great packet full of practice opportunities. 
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Biopoem Strategy as Part of a Character Analysis for Of Mice and Men

For Students 8th - 9th Standards
Readers of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men will learn much “more than what (is) said to them” as they use the biopoem format and craft a poem about one of the major characters in Steinbeck’s tragic story of Geroge Milton and Lennie...
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Lesson: Living For The City

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Both Money and Cummings were able to capture the essence of Paris. Critical thinkers analyze how each artist used his medium to describe the same place in a different way. Kids then write a Cummings-style poem about Monet's Waterloo Bridge.
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Lesson: Creating With A Purpose

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Discovering the creative process can be done through critical analysis. Upper graders examine a hand -carved Shinto Deity, discussing purpose, technique, and artistic expression. They then read a poem about the creative process. and...
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Lesson: One of These Things is Not Like the Other

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Kids kick of the lesson by comparing and contrasting the focus painting to other similar paintings of Native American women. They then compare their own personal portraits (photographs) in a similar way. They use the differences in each...
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Lesson Plan: My Space

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Everyone has a special, personal space; here kids will create a collage that reflects that space. They analyze the painting Soup Tureen and Apple, review two poems, and then conceptualize a personal space through art. 
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On World Poetry Day, We're All Poets

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Put away the books and the printouts, and break out the paper and pens to honor World Poetry Day.
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An Integrated Poetry Unit

For Teachers 6th
Combine the study of poetry with the NACC tournament and March Madness? Sure! After a study of narrative poetry (“The Highwayman,” “The Walrus and the Carpenter,” and “Casey at the Bat,” etc.) class members are assigned a team from the...
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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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Set a Poem to Music

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Fun awaits both you and your class as you embark on a musical activity. After discussing different rhythmic meters they choose a poem to set to music. The poem must rhyme and be set to a melody in the key of C Major. Because the activity...
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Fun With Poetry!

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Here's a fun way to introduce your young poets to literary terms associated with poetry. Colorful and filled with examples that illustrate the terms and their definitions, the entire presentation could be used at the beginning of a unit,...
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Genre Lesson: Poetry

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Hook kids into a study on poetry elements by asking them to bring in the lyrics to their favorite song. Discuss the elements in one or two songs (preferably that demonstrate rhyme, figurative language, or a repeating phrase). Groups do...
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Agriculture Awareness Through Poetry

For Teachers 8th - 10th Standards
Whether you are viewing a landscape painting of a farm, examining a still-life portrait of a bowl of fruit, or reading a descriptive poem about cultivating food, you can't deny that agriculture plays a major role in visual and language...
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Write Each Set of Rhyming Words Two Times

For Students 2nd - 3rd
An excellent language arts worksheet is here for your emerging poets. They get to write 10 sets of rhyming words two times each. Then, they must construct four sentences of their own that use combinations of rhyming words. A very good...
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Practical Criticism

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
As an introduction to literary criticism, class members recreate I.A. Richards' close reading experiment. Individuals select a poem, paraphrase the story, focus on the imagery used, consider what the imagery adds to the tale, and...
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Poetry

For Teachers 7th - 9th
How does poetry differ from other forms of writing? Class members view two writing samples, decide which one is a poem, and then identify the criteria they used to distinguish between the two samples.  
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Poem Writing Template

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Provide a space for individuals to brainstorm ideas for a poem. The template focuses on sensory details and figurative language. In order to fill out all the boxes, pupils should have a grasp of figurative language and literary devices.
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7th Grade Poetry Project

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Ask your pupils to explore the sounds, forms, and language of poetry by putting together a portfolio of their own work. In a binder, learners collect the poems listed on the second page of the assignment sheet. Each individual creates a...
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Poetry Assignment Instead of a Test

For Students 8th - 10th
"The Last Song" by Bernie Taupin and Elton John is the inspiration for an analysis assignment. Individuals read the song and answer nine questions about the speaker, figurative language, and significance of the lyrics. Use this as an...
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Reading Poetry

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Present your class with an overview of poetry-related information. The slides are clearly organized by topic, starting with reading poetry, ending with myths, and touching on everything from the five senses to open and closed forms of...
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Analyze Author’s Techniques, Including Figurative Language

For Students 8th
Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem "He Had His Dream" is the focus of a quick exercise. Pupils read the poem and answer four multiple choice questions and one short answer question about specific lines in the poem and the author's purpose....
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The Catcher in the Rye: Biopoem

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Here’s a catchy way to study characterization. Readers of The Catcher in the Rye select a character from Salinger’s classic tale to use as the subject of a biopoem. A teacher sample is provided.
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Diamond Poems

For Students 6th - 12th
Awaken the poet within your pupils while teaching the parts of speech with diamond poems about whatever subject your writers choose. More of a description of a diamond poem than a worksheet, this resource could be easily adapted for...
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Intro to Poetry Notes

For Students 6th - 12th
Prepare pupils to read poetry. This is a student reference sheet that could be used as a handout or as a basis for notes. Included on this page are instructions on how to read a poem, discuss a poem, and determine a rhythm, as well...
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Meter and Sonnets

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In order to fully grasp the poetry of William Shakespeare, it's essential to study the sonnet and its meter and rhyme. Eight slides introduce basic terms like meter, foot, iamb, trochee, spondee, etc. Pair this presentation with a sonnet...
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Rhyming Words

For Students 1st - 2nd
Young writers get to try their hand at coming up with rhyming words. They get 12 simple words, and have to come up with two rhyming words for each one. This will be a challenge for many learners of this age, and they will probably need...
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Poetry Poll

For Students 7th - 12th
How many kids in your class enjoy reading poetry? How do you know? Before starting a poetry unit, present your class with this poetry poll. Add some questions of your own to tailor it to specific authors or poems you're trying to include...
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Biopoem

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Reinforce the actions, emotions, and characteristics that determine what a character is like by having your middle schoolers create a biopoem using the model presented here. You could engage them first by having them write a poem about...
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Writing Exercise #9

For Students 7th - 12th
Everyone must have a voice! With the short writing prompt provided, poets craft a poem that tells well-known story from a different point of view. Consider reading a children's book like The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig to...
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Persona Poem

For Students 7th - 12th
Are you looking to give your creative writers a challenging poetry assignment? Have your class assume the persona of someone (a Zen monk, Mormon bishop, and Texan Republican are all suggested personas) and create a poem representing...
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Discovering Poetry

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Poetry is such a wonderful form of writing. Young children naturally gravitate to it because of the the wonderful imagery and the rhyming of the words. After sharing some poems with your kids, they work together to create a class poem....
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Pelican Trish

For Students 2nd - 3rd
Young readers are given a 6-stanza poem titled "Pelican Trish." They must capitalize all of the words in the poem that should begin with a capital letter. This will provide good practice for pupils who are beginning to learn about the...
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Imagery

For Teachers 7th - 12th
What is an image? What is imagery? Describe what it means for an author to paint a picture for his or her readers. Then, look at examples called quick checks, and have readers identify which sense (or senses) the passage appeals to. 
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Poetry: Basic Elements of a Poem

For Teachers 7th - 12th
People who pen poetry positively need to know basic tenets and terms of poetry, like alliteration and consonance, for example. These and other terms are define and illustrated. Then viewers are given an object and asked to craft a...
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Poetry: The Most Compact Form of Literature

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Introducing or need to review literary devices and terms for a study of poetry? Though text heavy, the explanations and examples of key poetic devices will provide learners with the vocabulary they need to discuss and craft poems.
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Virtual) Poetry Slam

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students create a "virtual poetry slam." This project can easily be implemented at any grade level where students have created short pieces of personal writing. They write, edit, and revise a short piece of poetry or personal writing.
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Personal Poetry Books

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners work in the classroom and in the computer lab to produce a Personal Poetry Book.
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Famous Poems and Poets: Enjoy the World of Words

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Class members select a culture from a provided list and research the customs, beliefs, traditions, clothing, and environment of this group. They then create an idea web and craft this information into a poem. The lesson is short on...
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Deciphering the Mechanics of Poetry

For Teachers 7th - 9th
After a review of poetic terms, groups are given an object and they create a poem using a simile, a metaphor, internal rhyme, end rhyme, alliteration, and personification. Groups then exchange objects and repeat the process. Consider...
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Creative Writing: Haiku

For Teachers 8th
Haikus by Basho, Buson, Issa, and Shiki are used as models for a brief lecture on the importance of poetry in Japan's history and the structure of this poetic form. Students then go on a nature walk, record impressions, and return to the...
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Creepy Read Week

For Teachers 8th
Here's a clever technology twist to writing in the round. Participants rotate through a series of computers adding to stories and editing by keystroke and mouse click. "Locked" forms prevent the loss of stories filled with suspense and...
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Poetry Cyberbook

For Teachers 8th
Emerging poets design a website and then post seven original poems as well as their written critique of these poems. Although the resource mentions Inspiration and FrontPage technologies, any software could be substituted. 
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Introduction to Modernist Poetry

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine the concept of modernism. They analyze different modern poetists writings and identify the context in which the poems were written. They write poems of their own to complete the lesson plan.
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Exercise #4: Rhymes

For Students 8th - 12th
Can you think of a word that rhymes with spinach? What about purple? Encourage your class to play around with words and word sounds using this resource. Ten odd words are presented, and writers must brainstorm how they could create...
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Poem Imitation

For Students 7th - 12th
Outlined here is a basic poetry writing assignment, encouraging student authors to create a poem based off of a poem read in class. They use the structure and style of that poem to draft their own. As not much guidance is provided, you...