Lesson 9: Students Brainstorm Individual Poems

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Budding poets brainstorm ideas for writing a free-verse poem. Once their topic has been established, writers list expressive words and phrases they can use to evoke emotion and paint a picture in the mind's eye. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Gather a collection of free-verse poems that learners can browse and gain inspiration
  • Create a free-verse poetry-themed bulletin board that showcases the poem's criteria and rubric 
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson starts the second half of a 16-lesson poetry unit 
  • Requires copies for each individual taking part in the lesson
Pros

  • Offers teaching tips, a script, and linked resources 
  • The lesson follows a similar routine as previous lessons
  • Boosts gross motor skills
Cons

  • None