Collaborative activity, poetry writing, fun stuff, creative writing, printables

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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  1. This is a huge bundle of 6 poetry activities! Use these as part of your literacy stations or as stand-alone activities. These are great for National Poetry Month in April!Here's what you get:Poetry With Friends--Earth Day EditionPoetry With Friends--Halloween EditionPoetry With Friends--*always a fr
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Do your students get a look of trepidation when you announce they’ll be studying poetry? Worse yet, do they groan and sigh? Students sometimes react this way because they have learned that the reading and writing of poetry is difficult and frustrating. But the study of poetry doesn’t have to be this way. I like to ease my students into the reading and writing of poetry by having them first play with words.

This is a fun, engaging activity that results in surprisingly effective writing. Students will collaborate with peers to write a group poem. Once students start reading the words on the list, you’ll soon start hearing giggling as they explore possible content for their poems. You’ll also hear students learning new words, and you’ll see them discovering that poetry is a condensed language, and therefore you often don’t need to include inconsequential words like “the,” “it,” “and.” Students will start to discuss the best placement of words in order to achieve their purpose. They’ll be naturally learning about tone, imagery, and detail as they play with the language. The resulting group poem makes a colorful display.

By the way, you will notice "s" in a few spots of the word bank. These are not typos. I've provided those so students could form plurals if needed.

What you get:

  • Teacher instructions
  • Wordlist in different colors and fonts
  • Tips and suggestions
  • *Note: I did not supply a rubric for this creative activity. This is in accordance with my educational philosophy as listed in my profile. Sometimes it's good to just let the students create and learn just for education's sake.

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Poetry With Friends--Earth Day Edition!

Poetry With Friends--Halloween Edition!

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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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