Free Verse Poetry Rubric

Follow poetry instruction with a four-category rubric designed to guide budding poets' writing of free verse poetry. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Gather a collection of free verse poems for learners to browse when time permits
  • Highlight or circle where writers land on the rubric—offer time to revise work as needed 
  • Set up a poetry corner for pupils to read their poems to their peers after they have completed the writing task 
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires copies—one page 
  • Class members should be familiar with free verse poetry 
Pros

  • The rubric uses encouraging phrases in place of a traditional point system 
  • Content is kid-friendly 
Cons

  • None