This packet contains directions and samples for writing four types of poems in Spanish: haiku, diamante, concrete, and free verse. The language used in the sample poems is based on common first-year Spanish vocabulary, so this activity could be used as a review or culminating activity for beginners or a fun project for intermediate and advanced students. I originally used it with fourth graders, but it’s appropriate for all ages and grade levels of Spanish students.
While advanced students could complete this packet on their own with little outside help, beginners will need some assistance with the vocabulary, and younger students may need a reminder about the poetic forms in use (a nice cross-curicular reinforcement of language arts lessons).
For a more extensive creative project, I recommend explaining and modeling one type of poem per day, then giving students time to write in class, where they have access to you for questions. Once drafts are completed and you can review them, students can create a poster or book to share, read their poems aloud in a presentation, or compile them into a class literary journal — all in Spanish!
To use this activity as a review, I recommend a brainstorming session using my Spanish Brainstorming Review Packet. Your students will then have a big list of words to choose from as they write.