Poetry Mad Libs: Read & Imitate Classic Poems! (American Literature)

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Students learn from the greats by reading mentor text poems and writing their own using templates!

Hook students into poetry by making it seem as easy as fill-in-the-blank! Great for any American Literature class or anyone feeling patriotic, these editable template pages use a side-by-side layout so that students can read the original and quickly begin making their own (serious or silly) versions of the poem. The blank spaces force students to think carefully about grammar, rhyme, alliteration, and syllables so that the poem still “sounds like” the mentor text.
(See the PREVIEW for an example template!)

Each ready-to-print page includes part or all of the original poem, a question for reading comprehension, a fill-in “mad lib” style template, and a “challenge” question for any student who might find it easy. (The directions page also includes extra credit opportunities and more “challenge” requirements.) Use the reading question to launch discussion, or even as a formative assessment.

Grading is easy with a simple one-row, 5-column rubric of standard W.10.

This 6-page download includes:
• A Directions page, including “basic” and “challenge” requirements and a CCSS rubric to assess W.10 (writing for a variety of time lengths, tasks, and purposes).
• Five Texts and Templates:
o Emily Dickinson: “I heard a fly buzz – when I died-”
o Walt Whitman: “O Captain! My Captain!”
o Emma Lazarus: “The New Colossus”
o TS Eliot: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
o Robert Frost: “The Road Not Taken”

NOTE: This product is INCLUDED in my Poetry Activity Bundle. Check it out to save!

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Teaching Duration
1 Week

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Poetry Mad Libs: Read & Imitate Classic Poems! (American L
Poetry Mad Libs: Read & Imitate Classic Poems! (American L
Poetry Mad Libs: Read & Imitate Classic Poems! (American L
Poetry Mad Libs: Read & Imitate Classic Poems! (American L