Included in this download are outlines and directions for 9 different poetry forms. The first five are more formal poem structures that you have heard of, the rest are ideas that I’ve put together around the theme of Back To School. You’ll notice that none of them require rhyming (a reason I love poetry with kids!) The forms are:
- A poem based on the five senses
- A poem that visually spells out its subject along the left margin
- A three-line Japanese form that follows the 5-7-5 syllable pattern
- A five-line poem that follows a specific grammatical pattern
- A poem written as a 'list' of attributes related to the subject
Back To School
- A poem that refers to objects, actions, and feelings about being 'back to school'
- A poem structured around students' individual goal-setting for the year
The Worst Summer Ever!
- A poem that describes just that: the worst summer ever
I Am A ___
- A poem written from the perspective of a school-related inanimate object
In recent years I have really focused on helping kids feel organized and planned as they begin a writing activity. I have included organizers/planners for most of the poetry activities in the pack. I have also included a page for illustrating poems. For each poem, I’ve written a short intro as well as sample poems for you to share with your class.
I love teaching and writing poetry with kids! It is accessible to even your youngest learners. Feel free to structure these activities however you like. They are a great addition to a poetry center, or even as formal activities for the whole group. You can have every student explore each poem structure, or offer choices. One great idea is to collect all of your students’ poems and turn them into a class book (or books!) for your class library. With poetry, the world is your oyster!