This activity has students access their background knowledge of poetry and it values their experiences and opinions about the subject.
The accompanying full-editable PowerPoint presentation (12 slides) provides students (and teacher) step by step instructions on how to create their Poetry Placemats.
This activity has students thinking, writing, evaluating, and commenting, discussing and then presenting their findings.
The end product is a useful poster placemat which students can place in their binders and access throughout the remainder of the poetry unit.
An optional end to this activity, which I like to use, is having students work cooperatively in groups of three, and discuss and synthesize what they've learned, culminating in a low-stakes mini group presentation.