This 31-page packet includes everything I use to teach poetry to my middle school students. This is a project-based learning activity in which students will create an anthology of poems that prove their mastery of various poetry forms and literary devices rather than through a paper and pencil test.
Included in this packet are 19 poetry forms with student examples and writing tips so students can work independently during a writing workshop or at a designated center. I typically require some forms and then give my students free choice for how they will fill the rest of their anthologies so they have ownership over their work.
I've also included a poetry pre-assessment so you can use that data to help you decide which literary devices and poetry forms need your focus during mini-lessons.
One of the greatest features of this anthology is that students must prove their knowledge of the literary devices by using them somewhere in their writing. To help you grade this, students must find a line (or two) to prove their mastery of these devices and fill it out on the rubric for you. This shows that they can identify and use the devices appropriately! A sample, completed rubric is included as well.
In addition to everything you need to teach your students the various forms of poetry to include in their anthologies, I've included instructions and suggested readings for a workshop format where students rotate between the following stations:
-Poetry Novel Study
-Literary Device Practice
I have recommendation letters that cite this activity as the single most meaningful learning activity my students create each year. I love giving my students an opportunity to publish and share their writing because their sense of pride is apparent.
I hope your students will love this as much as mine!