Poems to Write - Activity Sheets and Slide Presentation

Classroom in the Middle
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  1. This bundle of poetry activities includes the task card set, the activity sheets, and the PowerPoint slide presentation. All three are about types of poems and the elements that make up a poem. The focus is on identifying and writing various types of short poems.Task CardsPoetry Task Cards is a se
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Poems to Write addresses elements of poetry through students' own writing. Many poetry forms are included along with poetry elements including imagery, figurative language, rhyme, rhythm, and format. Included are both the activity sheet set and an introductory slide presentation.

The PowerPoint slide presentation introduces the topic and provides opportunities for students to begin writing. The activity sheet set includes ready-to-use worksheets for 17 different types of poems, plus three warm-up activity sheets.

Poems to Write Slide Presentation

The slide presentation begins by explaining to students how writing poetry can improve their overall writing skills and strengthen the connection between their writing and what they read. It goes on to address poetry elements that students can easily incorporate into their own writing and then ideas for revising their poems. The student activities include writing a variety of short, fun poems including diamante, clerihew, haiku, and a blackout poem.

Poems to Write Activity Sheet Set

The activity sheet set includes three warm-up activity pages and seventeen poems for students to write. The warm-ups include writing with rhymes and alliteration, using figurative language, and writing to paint a picture.

These are the 17 poems, each included on a separate ready-to-use activity sheet:

1. Bio Poem

2. Cinquain

3. Found Poem (from a school subject text)

4. Ransom Note Poem

5. Rhyming Couplets

6. Clerihew

7. Limerick

8. Five Senses Poem

9. Personification Poem

10. Rebus Poem (similes and metaphors)

11. Diamante (opposites)

12. Haiku and Tanka

13. Magnetic Poem

14. Concrete Poem

15. Old Song/New Words Poem

16. Blackout Poem

17. Three Collaborative Poems

Writing poetry supports a number of the reading, vocabulary, and writing standards including strengthening the reading-writing connection, writing a variety of types of text, and using imagery, strong vocabulary, and figurative language.

For more poetry, figurative language, and writing activities, see:
Figurative Language and Poetry

Writing Process and Prompts

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning.


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