Even though these two poems (riddle and free verse) aren’t directly core driven, there are so many advantages of teaching these wonderful keepsakes—from working with word choice, to using them over and over again to reinforce so many topics and concepts in our core curriculum areas, to just doing something out of the ordinary.
Halloween (or fall) is such a wonderful time to teach these engaging poems (especially the riddle), because students are already revved up during this time of year. Thus, channel that energy into a small fun, very fun, writing project. Products may be shared at a Halloween party and/or used in a seasonal bulletin board for your student body and parents to enjoy.
I included both poetic forms, because riddle poems are usually free verse, and students may need that background. You have the option of teaching both poems (two-plus days) or just the riddle poem (one-plus days) and incorporating what you feel is needed from the free verse instructions.
The lessons and examples in "Halloween Poetry Keepers," by Melissa J. Donovan, may be used anytime of the year, but the content in the poem examples is either Halloween or fall related.
Halloween Poetry Keepers includes step-by-step lesson plans, criteria, prompts, poem starters for guided practice, and many poem examples.
Thank you so much, and enjoy!
Halloween Poetry Keepers
by Melissa J. Donovan
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License