POETRY - Personal Narrative Writing using Poems

Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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If you find that your students hold their noses when you mention POETRY, then this resource is for you! Your students will change their thinking about it when you combine reading poems with story-telling - about their lives!

Let students use poetry, song, and rap lyrics to tell the setting, rising action, traits, and theme of their lives. Students will scour books, poetry websites, and song lyrics in search of the poems that speak to (and about) them. I was pleasantly surprised by how many students chose to write their own poems!

For the Teacher:

  • Resource comparing the plot line of books to those of poems
  • Graphic organizers
  • Use this in centers or rotations
  • Let students work together to find good poems

For the Student:

  • Engaging ways to think about their own lives
  • Powerful opportunities to try their hand at poetry writing

Related Writing Activities:

Narrative Writing Colonial Times

Mystery Writing Unit

Mythology Writing Unit

Paragraph Writing Finish the Sentence

Paragraph Writing Sensory Details

Paragraph Writing Virtual Field Trips


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Total Pages
8 pages, 6 slides
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
4 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.


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