This activity allows students to find a poem they like, copy it down, and recognize and label poetic devices that have been discussed and reviewed in class, such as types of figurative language, types of rhyme, repetition, refrain, etc. Students also write a short paragraph that explains why they chose the poem they did and how they relate to it.
This is a great way to introduce poetry (after some poetic terms have been defined) to older students because it allows them to use a poem of their choice for the activity. It also provides an opportunity to discuss whether or not songs, which many students will want to write down, should be considered poetry or not. Time must be allotted for students to look for poems in books and copy them down. If a student picks a short poem, it still needs to be complex enough for them to find and label poetic devices, and allow them to relate to it.