For year I thought about doing something around March that tied together the bracket idea of NCAA March Madness and Poetry. This year I finally sat down and created this project.
This product includes a detailed overview explaining to the students the rules for Poetry Madness. Essentially, the students are in teams and are in charge of choosing and reflecting on specific poems to enter the contest. Then, as you study these poems as a class, you will hold voting sessions that will decide which poems "advance" to the next level. I am in the middle of doing this with my sixth graders right now and they LOVE it!
Included with this product:
2 page student overview
Bracket for the students to fill out
Rubrics to give each team to guide them on their poem selections
Teaching Guide - A day-by-day suggested plan to follow to implement this
As I teach 6th, 7th and 8th grade - this product will include brackets and rubrics for all three grades!
And if you get a chance, check out my blog for more teaching ideas and some free downloads!