This is an engaging project designed to serve as a cumulative assessment at the end of a unit on poetry. It could easily be adapted for a shorter activity, though, if desired (you would just need to tweak the instructions and rubric).
After studying various types of poetry, figurative language, sound devices, and rhyme schemes, the students are instructed to write three different poems (2 for completion and one "fancy" poem with more specific requirements). For ease of grading (and to allow for creative flexibility), the first two poems that the students will write have less-structured requirements, but the "fancy" poem includes more detailed instructions and higher criterion to be graded. Students are instructed to highlight and label these "fancy" elements for me to easily assess and grade.
This projects pack includes the following:
1. Descriptions of Each Type of Poem
These genres of poetry could easily be adapted to fit your personal lesson plans based on your individual classroom (I provide the descriptions that I teach for Ode, Narrative, and Lyric poems, but you could easily adjust if you wanted to add or swap out one for Haiku, Concrete poems, etc.)
2. Ideas for Inspiration for Each Type of Poem
I try to provide inspiration that is both humorous and then some options for some more serious thoughts as well. These variations are designed to get your kiddos thinking and interested in writing poems that will mean something to them!
3. Relevant Examples of Each Type of Poem
You can easily pull up these examples to put on the LCD projector, and many of the ones that I suggest may also be in your class textbooks. All of the examples suggested are readily found in our school's literature textbooks by Prentice Hall. (If you would like me to email you the poems separately, please ask and I'll be happy to accommodate!)
4. DETAILED Rubric and Instructions
My rubric breaks down the additional requirements in a way that will provide your students with some leeway for their creativity (as there are basic requirements that allow a bit more freedom and fun in this area), but it also provides a requirement for one of their poems to be more "fancy" and include the following elements:
-Figurative Language (simile, metaphor, personification, and hyperbole)
-Rhyme Scheme (they must come up with one and label!)
-Sound Devices (alliteration, consonance, assonance, onomatopoeia, or internal rhyme).
5. A Project Example and Reminders Sheet
This was really helpful to provide a concrete example for my kids to use to help to make sure they highlighted and labeled their one "fancy" poem correctly (the one that requires the fig. language, rhyme scheme, and sound devices). You could easily put this on your LCD projector after passing out the project instructions and rubric to help aid in explanation.
6. Follow-Up Activity and Option for Student "Thank You Notes" for Poems
This is a wonderful activity that my students always enjoy! It provides detailed teacher instructions and a template to use for the activity. Allow for one full class period.
All of these documents are in a zipped folder containing three separate Microsoft Word documents of two pages each (although if you need them in .rtf or .pdf form, I'm happy to accommodate if you message me). If the zipped folder causes issues, just message me and I'm also happy to email you all three documents separately.
Thanks for looking!