This handout can be used individually or in groups and as a formative or summative assessment. It ask students to write a Romantic poem following specific guidelines which allows for freedom of choice by the student and easy grading for the teacher. Several Romantic poems are listed on the sheet as a reminder of what Romantic poems look and sound like. Although the assignment was designed for an American literature class, it could be used easily within any poetry unit.
Students who are intimidated by poetry are often successful with the assignment since they have a specfic guideline to follow while those who enjoy being creative can still venture in their own direction without feeling too stifled in their creative pursuits.