Poetry Book Writing Unit: 8 Lessons & Poem Templates Printable & Digital

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Poetry Writing Unit: Creating A Book of Poems

This poetry writing unit includes 8 printable lessons that teach students how to write different forms of poetry. Lessons include an explanation of the poetry form, example poems, and templates to guide students in writing an original poem. The unit is included in both PDF & Google Slides.

The featured poems are:

  • Acrostic
  • Haiku
  • Cinquain
  • Free Verse
  • Rhyming Verse: Triplet
  • Rhyming Verse: Quatrain
  • Limerick
  • Sijo

Each lesson can be used individually or as a unit. If teachers use them as a unit, students read published poets, write poetry, and create their own anthology of poetry.

For the poetry anthology, students need to read at least 3 poetry books. Students will self select at least 3 published poems to add to their "poetry anthology." Students add these poems to the ones they have written to form their anthology.

Also included in this resource are:

  • MLA Bibliography
  • Student Checklist
  • Rubric
  • Poetry Book Cover & Table of Contents Templates

This unit is ready to print and copy.

How to Use This Unit

Teachers can use the poetry lessons in a variety of ways, including whole class instruction, small group, or even in writing centers.

My favorite time to teach this unit was during state testing. After the day's testing was over and we had a break, we read poems for 5 - 10 minutes and discussed them. I gave a minilesson on one of the poetry forms. Students could write their poems by themselves or with a partner. I always had strong engagement from students, because they could talk with friends while they worked. It was a nice creative break after concentrating during testing.


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Total Pages
40 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.


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