Poetry Teacher Resources
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Everyone Can Write Poetry
Embark on a journey of writing several different types of poetry. Fifth graders read several examples, and use the examples to model their own writing. Each poem is to be accompanied by a different art visual representation. In the end, each young poet produces his or her own poetry books for evaluation.
4th - 6th Language Arts 63 Views 481 Downloads
I Can Write a Poem
It is so important for English language learners to be able to write for a variety of purposes. Specifically written for an ELD class, this activity provides explicit instruction for teaching learners how to write a poem. First, they listen to a poem with a specific structure.
3rd - 8th English Language Development 65 Views 55 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Teachers' Resource Kit - Taming the Sun
For thousands of years, people have been creating stories to explain their observations of the natural world. Explore this interesting literary form with this series of activities complementing the book Taming the Sun: Four Maori Myths by Gavin Bishop.
1st - 6th Language Arts 12 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Heartsongs Poetry by Mattie Stepanek
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 writing poetry, class members make predictions about the topics they might find in Heartsongs.
4th - 6th Language Arts 3 Views 140 Downloads
Writing Poetry Like a Pro
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 create their own poems.
4th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 40 Views 147 Downloads
Found News Poems
Combine informational text and creative writing with one fun activity! Middle and high schoolers write found poems based on newspaper headlines that they find. The resource includes a thorough lesson plan and many links to articles that you could use.
6th - 12th Language Arts 20 Views 43 Downloads
From Light to Dark and Back
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 before reading a series of poems that relate to lightness and darkness.
9th - 12th Language Arts 12 Views 18 Downloads CCSS: Designed
This is a very much detailed five-day plan on writing portrait poems. Throughout, class members review figurative language and work systematically to develop their poems. The teacher provides rubrics for the poem as well as a portrait they create in art class.
7th - 9th Visual & Performing Arts 34 Views 267 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Poetry In Motion
Fourth graders read and analyze poetry and examine the process of writing poetry. They read and analyze the poem "From a Railway Carriage" by Robert Louis Stevenson, and answer comprehension questions. They identify the similes, metaphors, and homonyms in the poem and write a class poem about the magic of travel.
4th Language Arts 19 Views 33 Downloads
Scholar/Literati Scroll Project
Finish off a unit on Medieval China with a creative scroll project. Learners must incorporate everything they have learned about the Tang or Song dynasty into a literati scroll. The requirements are clearly laid out as to what must be included, but the fun comes in how they choose to showcase it.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 5 Views 7 Downloads
Poetry can be fun! To set your pupils giggling, have them listen to poems from If Kids Ruled the School by Bruce Lansky. Then, they can study the different types of poetry on www.gigglepoetry.com, and choose one form on which to base their own original poem.
6th - 8th Language Arts 3 Views 40 Downloads
Shakespeare's Ugly Women
Spark some provocative discussions about attractiveness and the Elizabethan view of women. What is Shakespeare trying to say about female beauty in Sonnet 130? Do you see anything like this today in modern songs? Writers then come up with their own poems reflecting the Petrarchan style.
12th Language Arts 3 Views 6 Downloads
Here are a series of lessons which introduce 3rd graders to classic and modern poetry. They are exposed to many different poems and discuss their meanings. Then, they are coached on how to construct a poem of their own. This incredible, 37-page packet of activities should leave your kids with a greater understanding of poety and hopefully, a strong desire to create more.
3rd Language Arts 21 Views 81 Downloads
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 a poem that invokes the feeling of the impressionist movement.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 11 Downloads
Lesson: Paul Chan: Alternumeric Fonts
Learning to analyze language, symbols, and codes is part of becoming a deep and critical thinker. Young analysts consider their ability to see hidden messages as they analyze the work of Paul Chan. There are two fully developed discussions and an activity where pupils use fonts and symbols to write concrete and visual poems.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 3 Downloads
Create a Video Poem
Collaborate to create a visual version of a poem using video. Before class, choose a poem to pick apart. Read it aloud and then analyze it in detail as a class. Assign a line or short section to each student to expand upon using a graphic organizer.
4th - 12th 21st Century Skills 24 Views 58 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Skill Building: Alphabet Poem
Amateur poets explore alphabetical poetry. They choose a topic and brainstorm vocabulary that relates to the topic using each letter of the alphabet. The class then generates ideas for a group alphabet poem. After creating one as a whole group, encourage learners to write their own alphabet poem!
1st - 5th Language Arts 13 Views 114 Downloads