Get your students understanding and writing poetry. This set of three poetry starters is the perfect way to get students used to the language of poetry. There is a worksheet that goes with the following poems:
Dear Basketball by Kobe Bryant
Hate Poem by Julie Sheehan
Dreams by Langston Hughes
These starters help students identify speaker, mood, personification and metaphor. In addition they get students writing there own poetry. I especially love the chance to write their own hate poem.