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. 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.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • A good introductory lesson 
  • Activity is simple and employs direct instruction
Cons

  • The lesson is a bit short and provides only one sample poem. It may be a good idea to increase discussion time and have learners explore other poems as well as the one provided