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Poetry Activity Poetry Stations for Any Poem

Grade Levels
7th - 9th
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11 pages
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These poetry stations are meant to get your middle school students working independently or with a group to decipher and annotate a poem that you select, while also moving around the classroom. This is a fun and engaging way to study poetry!

There are FIVE different stations included and each station focuses on a specific annotating skill. Each station includes a Poetry Station Card that clearly lays out for students precisely what they need to do. Additionally, each station includes a Student Example where students can see that requirement in practice. We've used the poem "The Road Not Taken" as the example for each station. Please see the preview file for an example.


Below, you will see each station's focus listed, so you have a really good idea of exactly what your students will be working on:


  • Instructions for Use
  • 5 Poetry Station Cards
  • 5 Student Examples

Station One: The Unknown

In this station, students will be uncovering "the unknown," i.e., words or phrases they are unfamiliar with, as well as deciphering challenging figurative language.

Station Two: The Retelling

Station two requires students to retell the poem in their own words. Students will work stanza by stanza (sometimes line by line, depending on the poem) to summarize the poem.

Station Three: The Questioning

In station three, students will push the envelope a bit and play devil's advocate by questioning the poet and the poet's purpose. Students will think outside the box to develop probing questions that will lead to a deeper understanding of the poem, as well as push the boundaries of the poem.

Station Four: The Theme

In this station, students will get to the heart of the poem by identifying the theme. Students will also find evidence from the text to support their thematic statement and answer challenging questions.

Station Five: The Unnoticed

Station five requires students to look more closely at the title of the poem, the speaker, as well as tone. Various questions are included to get students thinking more deeply about each element.

Please Note: You will simply need to print out copies of the poem you choose to study.


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Total Pages
11 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
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.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).


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