Practice your free throws and get ready to rumble! It’s a poetry tournament to end all boring poetry units. Poems are paired up by theme, type, and literary devices in this March Madness style tournament. After each battle, students cast their vote for which poem should move on in the tournament. The voting rules start out basic, but become increasingly complex as the tournament draws to the final round. In order for a student’s vote to count, it must meet all of the requirements set forth for that battle, so students not only get plenty of practice in analyzing poetry, but also writing!
The Level 1 bundle includes the following poems, also sold individually at the links below:
Battle of Feelings: “The Rider” by Naomi Shihab Nye vs. “Spring Storm” by Jim Wayne Miller (focus on figurative language)
Battle of Fireflies: “Fireflies” by Paul Fleischman vs. “Fireflies in the Garden” by Robert Frost (focus on theme, symbolism, and rhyme scheme)
Battle of Honor: “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson vs. “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes (focus on narrative poetry, rhythm, meter, mood, and imagery)
Battle of Memories: “maggie and milly and molly and may” vs. “who are you, little i” by E.E. Cummings (focus on structure)
The Level 1 Bundle includes:
- All four battles listed above, including a multimedia PowerPoint for each
- A student notes & activities packet to accompany the PPTs
- 2 levels of voting templates depending on student writing ability
You can also purchase each of these battles individually if you are just looking for a shorter poetry lesson! $2.99 per battle, or $9.99 for the Level 1 bundle! Also check out the Level 2 battles & bundle
for a more challenging unit!