How to Start a Poetry Journal

Practice makes proficient! Using a journal of their choice, authors organize pages, then begin their writing journey of on-going writing practice in which they compose all poetic forms including diamante, limerick, free verse, and more!

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners write in their poetry journals as a warm-up to the school day 
  • Share the poetry journal with families at Parent-Teacher Conferences 
  • Regularly collect and review the journals' contents, leave feedback, and plan instruction to address pupils' needs
Classroom Considerations

  • The duration reflects the time it may take to set up and discuss the journal; writing time will vary depending on your classroom's schedule 
  • The activity is designed for class members to read and follow on their own 
  • Participants should be familiar with multiple poetic forms

  • Hyperlinked words take you to an online dictionary 
  • Encourages writers to be creative and use their imaginations 
  • Provides an example of a free verse poem 

  • The poem example is displayed in a light font that may be difficult to read