Poet vs Poet basketball style brackets; poetry study; poetry analysis

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Are your students bored of poetry? Get kids excited with Poet vs Poet basketball style brackets. Students read poems in competitive match ups, rating the poem quality based on the meaning, mood, form, and language the poet uses. Students learn to analyze poetry, and they become obsessed with their favorite poems. My kids LOVE this activity!

JUST ADDED: Version Two Poet vs. Poet with even more exciting match ups! I kept some popular match ups the same, but added new match ups like Edgar Allan Poe vs Emily Dickinson. Choose the original Poet vs. Poet or the Version Two!

2020 Update: Digital Brackets! You can now share the brackets with students through Google Classroom. Students can click and advance poets through the brackets. Each poet is also linked to their poem. Students can click and read the poem saving you from printing the whole packet!

Poet vs Poet includes two different versions of 16 poems by 16 different poets in flip book form so students can match up different poems, analyze and rate them, and decide which poet advances to the next round. Choose to implement using a printed packet OR share poems using the digital bracket. Everything you need to implement a fun poetry March madness theme is here:

  • Student Guide
  • 16 flip book style poems (Two versions! Choose your favorite!)
  • Digital brackets with clickable links to all 16 poems. Share with students through Google Classroom and display on Smartboards/Projector screens
  • Rubric rating system for students
  • Short answer practice questions based on poetry match ups
  • Teacher rubric for short answer grading
  • Theme, mood, and figurative language task cards
  • PowerPoint copy of the packet and task cards for whole class instruction
  • Letter to the teacher with ideas for implementation and differentiation
  • Bulletin Board Brackets with all of the poems and poets! Track your students' top picks on a class version of the poetry brackets for even more fun and discussion.

Enjoy seeing your students toss around the names of poets as if they are their favorite basketball players!

Poems included:

The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes

Songs for the People by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Deep in the Quiet Wood by James Weldon Johnson

Songs of the Spavinaw by Ruth Muskrat Bronson

After the Winter by Claude Mckay

Swallows by Leonora Speyer

A Day by Emily Dickinson

Alone by Edgar Allan Poe

If-- by Rudyard Kipling

Passers-by by Carl Sandburg

By the Stream by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Interim by Lola Ridge

Willow Poem by William Carlos Williams

To the Thawing Wind by Robert Frost

If You Should Tire of Loving Me by Margaret Widdemer

Bound by Aline Murray Kilmer

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