Poetry Activities for Middle School Gallery Walk

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  1. This poetry unit has everything you need to help intermediate and middle school students fall in love with poetry, even when engaging in distance learning. Ten different kinds of poetry are covered with seventy-eight poetry anchor text posters and/or cards that you can use for a poetry gallery walk,
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Looking for fun poetry activities for middle school? This gallery walk set is a great way to expose your students to different kinds of poetry. There are nine different poetic forms covered, and each one has 4-12 examples of curated poems; consider it a poetry 'sampler'! Posters and cards for each poem are included so you can hang the posters for a gallery walk or have students pass the cards around while staying seated.

You could also use the cards for a poetry hunt, just hide them and challenge students to find them!

Poetic Forms Included:

· Acrostic x 6

· Alternating Rhyme x12

· Concrete or Shape Poetry x4

· Couplet x 12

· Epitaph x 12

· Free Verse x 8

· Haiku x 6

· Tanka x 6

· Limerick x 12

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This resource pairs well with my poetry analysis slideshow so students have a chance to analyse and discuss some of the poems. I also provide students with a poetry notebook so they can try writing their own poems! As a final project, have students make a poetry anthology and make marking easy on yourself with these handy criteria sheets and rubrics!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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