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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.
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.
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. They can paint, use calligraphy, or write poetry in a way that shows what they know. Multiple handouts are included.
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. Then learners examine the master poem and compose their own poems about family, feelings, and struggles.
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.
Students explore what poetry is and certain aspects within it. They write their own knowledge and perceptions of poetry and the expand that knowledge and experience through listening to, reading, and writing poetry and exploring poetic terminology.
Fifth graders comprehend how to generate ideas for writing poetry. They practice writing poetry using the start of another poem. Students review literary terms associated with poetry.
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. After reading these poems jigsaw style and participating in a class discussion, writers compose original poems based on their earlier observations.
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. Next, they discuss the poem. Finally, they use the poem's structure as a model for their own writing. The activity provides the opportunity for learners to write poetry in a systematic and scaffolded way.
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. From creating comic strips and movie posters to writing poetry and newspaper articles, a variety of opportunities are provided to engage children in reading these fun tales. Include this book as part of a mythology unit, using these activities to highlight the similarities and differences in the stories told by cultures around the world.
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, sonnet pointers, two sonnet planning pages, and a peer review sheet. Your poets can let their imaginations run wild while they practice with rhyme, form, and meter.
Students name classic and contemporary American poets. They explain one poetry idea in classic or contemporary poem. They explain poetry idea at work in their own poems.
High schoolers combine elements of music with poetry. In this creative writing lesson, students examine poems from a variety of authors with varying writing styles. High schoolers explore the different elements of poetry, including tone, rhythm, and various types of figurative language. They work in groups to add musical elements to Mary Austin poems. Students expand on this activity by creating their own poems using the Native American style of writing.
If you have a subscription to brainpop, use it review similes and metaphors with your class. Learners start off with a quiz, watch a movie, and write their own poems using magazine pictures as inspiration.
Fifth graders write poetry using imagery and practice poetry presentation. In this poetry lesson, 5th graders listen as the teacher reads a humorous poem using different voice modulations and presentation techniques. They discuss the presentation before writing and presenting their original poems.
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. Have them present their poem or skit in front of the class. The lesson is designed for sharing computers, but teachers can print necessary materials from the website instead.
Pupils take a field trip as inspiration to write poetry. For this poetry writing lesson, students visit a local place of interest and gather imagery to help them write poetry.
With health as the focus, learners write simple poetry. Learners use the first letter of a health-related word, such as germ, to create a poem. This technique could be used with any topic.
Learners read and write poetry. In this poetry writing lesson plan, students read and discuss several poems with a "forest" theme, and then write their own forest haiku. Possible publication in the Natural Inquirer is described.