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Poetry Stations - Practice for STAAR Reading and other tests

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This station activity set is designed to be used together at the same time. It is meant to help students better understand the elements of poetry. Students should have some background knowledge about poetry prior to completing these stations. The stations cover vocabulary, poetic elements, figurative language, etc.

In this purchase you will find many things.

8 Poetry task cards – they have short poems that are followed by a STAAR “like” question. The questions have been mirrored off the questions from the released tests. These cards are a small portion of my product “STAAR task cards – nonfiction edition”.

23 Literary terms task cards – these cards give the students a definition and they are required to provide the word that matches the definition.

2 poems to compare and contrast – students will be given two short poems to read. Students will then use manipulatives to fill in a venn diagram. They are then asked to write a paraphrase of each poem. This activity is the entire product “Comparing and Contrasting Poetry using manipulative for stations.”

12 figurative language in poetry task cards – These cards ask the students to determine the type of figurative language used in a short poetry excerpt. To increase the rigor of these cards, ask students to describe the meaning of the figurative language. These cards are a small portion of my product “Figurative Language in Poetry Task Cards.”

Poetic elements – this station gives the students a poem to analyze. There is a focus on specific poetic elements such as: end rhyme, rhyme scheme, tone, theme, alliteration, etc.

7 imagery pictures – these are 7 interesting pictures. Students will be asked to think about the each of the scenes. They will need to record their thinking about what they would see, hear, smell, touch, and taste if they were actually in the scene.

Station sheet – This is a word document to be copied and used by the students. It is not dressed up (i.e. it is very boring) because I wanted to leave this page editable so that you can change it up to suit your needs.

Station sheet Answer Key – This looks just like the station sheet, except it has all the answers. Again, it’s not very pretty.

Student Station Directions – included with each individual station, you will find a page that gives the students directions for what to do at each station. I usually put these instructions in page protectors.

Poetry Word Wall – I have included my fiction word wall with this product because… well, it just might be nice to have, especially before the test.

How to page – the ins and outs of how to use these stations in your classroom.

These stations have been designed to be completed within 10 – 15 minutes. Your classes may be much faster or slower depending on your students. Please use your own judgement about the timing. Each of the task cards are also a different color and background design. This will help in case there are any lost cards throughout the day. Overall, the stations should take between 60 and 90 minutes. They are easily continued the following day.

© Christi Cecil 2016
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Poetry Stations - Practice for STAAR Reading and other tests
Poetry Stations - Practice for STAAR Reading and other tests
Poetry Stations - Practice for STAAR Reading and other tests
Poetry Stations - Practice for STAAR Reading and other tests
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