Observation Poem Assignment

Observation Poem Assignment
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Some people have difficulty writing poetry. Others find it naturally flows forth. This assignment will help those who struggle with writing poetry to develop ideas, and it will challenge those who excel to approach poetry differently.

Students will observe the world inside them and around them. They will write in paragraph form about what they notice in their observation notebooks.

Then, they will pick their favorite observation and convert it into a poem, using literary devices along the way.


Packet Contents
-Observation Notebook Instructions & Examples, pages 1-2
-Observation Poem Grade Sheet, page 3
-Observation Poem Examples, pages 4-6
-Avoiding Clichés, pages 7-8
-Observation Poem Workshop (Best of the Best), page 9
-Observation Poem Outside Editing, page 10

-Observation Notebook Template


Observation Notebook Instructions & Examples, pages 1-2
-instructions on how to keep an observation journal, 5 entries, worth 25 points
-student examples

Observation Poem Grade Sheet, page 3
-simple rubric, which leaves room for creativity
-requires students to use and label at least three literary devices

Observation Poem Examples, pages 4-6
-revisits student observation examples
-shows poems created from observations
-allows students to look for literary devices within the examples

Avoiding Clichés, pages 7-8
-activity to help students identify both cliches in wording and topic

Observation Poem Workshop (Best of the Best), page 9
-students work in small groups, sharing parts of their poems
-students with best examples in each group share out to class

Observation Poem Outside Editing, page 10
-students must analyze strengths and weaknesses of poems
-students must gather at least one signature from an "outside of class" proofreader

Observation Notebook Template
-two-page template students can cut out, fold, decorate, and bind with yarn

Total Pages
26 (13 in each format)
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1 Week
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