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Poetry Lesson Plans - Previous Revision

A Bear of a Poem: Composing and Performing Found Poetry
This lesson helps students recast the text they are reading in a different genre, which in turn, makes students more insightful readers and helps develop creativity in thinking and writing.

Alliteration in Headline Poems
Students are introduced to the term alliteration and asked to create their own examples of alliteration as well as find examples of alliteration in poems.

The ABCs of Poetry
This activity allows students to play with words and letters in an imaginative way using their unique knowledge and experience to take something ordinary and familiar and make it new and exciting.

Childhood Remembrances: Life and Art Intersect in Nikki Giovanni’s “Nikki-Rosa”
Adapted from Carol Jago’s Nikki Giovanni in the Classroom, this lesson invites students to explore what Jago calls the place “where life and art intersect” by completing a close reading of Giovanni’s poem and then writing about childhood memories of their own, modeled on Giovanni’s poem.

Discovering Poetic Form and Structure Using Concrete Poems
Concrete poems, poems that relate the placement of the words on the page to the meaning of the poem, provide an enjoyable literary experience that focuses students' attention on how a poet does more than simply put words together but can place them meaningfully on the page by paying attention to the subtle (or not so subtle) issues of layout.

Discovering Traditional Sonnet Forms
In this lesson, students read and analyze sonnets to discover their traditional forms.

Examining Transcendentalism through Popular Culture
Using excerpts from the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, comics, and songs from different musical genres, students examine the characteristics of transcendentalism.

Exploring the Power of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Words through Diamante Poetry
Encourage your students to explore the ways that powerful and passionate words communicate the concepts of freedom, justice, discrimination, and the American Dream in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech by paying attention to the details of King's speech as they read and as they gather words to use in their own original poems.

Exploring Change through Allegory and Poetry
Students explore the theme of change through allegory and poetry by reading an example of literary allegory and creating their own pictorial allegories.

Finding Poetry in Prose: Reading and Writing Love Poems
This lesson expands the concept of love poems to move beyond romantic love to explore other kinds of love, particularly the love within a family.

Found Poems/Parallel Poems
Students compose found and parallel poems based on a descriptive passage they have chosen from a piece of literature they are reading.

Is a Sentence a Poem?
This exercise encourages students to dissect an established poem while defining the characteristics of the genre of poetry.

Playing With Prepositions Through Poetry
Students play with words as they explore how prepositions work in Ruth Heller’s picture book Behind the Mask.

Polishing Preposition Skills through Poetry and Publication
Through the text Behind the Mask, students have the opportunity to deepen and refine their understanding of prepositions, including some of the more confusing standard usage guidelines, while enjoying the vivid pictures of Ruth Heller.

Put That on the List: Collaboratively Writing a Catalog Poem
Students use lists—to-do lists, shopping lists, wish lists—to write powerful poetry, modeled after Raymond Carver’s poem "The Car."

Seasonal Haiku: Writing Poems to Celebrate Any Season
In this three-part lesson, students write and illustrate haiku depicting seasonal images.

Varying Views of America
This lesson provides students the opportunity working in a collaborative setting to examine the ways that perspective influences how individuals vary in their tone and toward the same or a similar experience based on their point of view.

Weaving the Threads: Integrating Poetry Annotation and Web Technology
This project provides the organizational support (the poem) to help students learn more about the nature of hypertext composing.

What Am I? Teaching Poetry through Riddles
Because they are games, riddles are an excellent vehicle for introducing students to poetry and poetry writing.

Writing Poetry with Rebus and Rhyme
This lesson uses Jean Marzollo's book I Love You: A Rebus Poem as a model for using rebus writing to create wonderful poetry.


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