"Poetry, It's elemental, my dears." I use this play on the famous quote by Sherlock Holmes to show my Middle School and High School students that poetry is ever-present in their lives through the music they pipe into their ears.
We listen to some of their music, I review the elements of poetry, the students teach a poem focusing on one of the elements, and they also write a poem. The unit culminates with a test on the elements of poetry so the students can show their deeper understanding of these terms.
This product is aligned with Common Core Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy. In ten pages it includes: Teacher Notes, complete student directions, a sign up sheet where students select a teacher-chosen poem to prepare a lesson for and to present, an Imagery Activity sheet, a 60 point test with an answer key, and two rubrics: one for grading the students' analysis of their poem and the other to grade their presentation. Bonus: both rubrics can be used with any literary analytic essay and presentation
This plan will be music to teachers' ears, as it sets poetry in motion in students' minds, thinking and writing.
Two more poetry activities:
POETRY TERMS TASK CARDS
Poetry Activity: April Excursions-Poetry in Motion
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