Students will have already read "Life Doesn't Frighten Me" by Maya Angelou. With this lesson, students will analyze poetic elements, respond, and then write their own spooky poem in the style of Angelou.
First in this packet is a page of comprehension questions to guide students in analyzing elements of poetry (sensory details, imagery, etc.) in "Life Doesn't Frighten Me".
Next, you'll see a template with which students can plan and write their *own* poem in the style of Maya Angelou's "Life Doesn't Frighten Me"! After reading the poem with your students, do some brainstorming and encourage them to use this guided template to write a rough-draft of their own poem. Their is a rubric included for self-evaluation, peer-checking, or for you to grade.
After filling out this sheet and editing their writing, have students rewrite their final poem neatly on a poster and decorate! My students loved doing this guided rough-draft as a project around Halloween. Their finished, illustrated poems turned out awesome!