Poetry Teacher Toolkit Bundle for Teaching Poetry (Use With Any Poem) PDF

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    Strategies for Teaching and Grading Poetry


    Teaching poetry can be a challenge. Students may not get engaged with reading or analyzing the poems. Grading students reading and writing of poetry can be problematic. Here are some tools for engaging, grading, and enjoying teaching poetry in the Secondary classroom in an incredible money-saving bundle.

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    Using the toolkit: this bundle provides several activity options that can be used in the study of poetry. Use the activities to build a poetry study unit. Alternately, working a poem or two into other thematic units—as opposed to a stand-alone poetry study—can help take the emphasis off the study of poetry and more on the study of text, content, and textual features, as may be done with other texts (stories) in the unit. Thematic units can also encourage students to think broader than when just focusing on a single text, or even on a group of text, such as with poetry study.


    Strategies for Teaching and Grading Poetry—ideas for selecting poems, grading poetry analysis, and evaluating poetry writing.

    Poetic Devices Activities-- Students analyze and identify the poetic devices and their uses in any poem(s). Can be used as a whole class project or individually.

    Poem Recitation Activity (For Any Poem)-- students recite a poem to help them understand language and meaning along with making decisions for pacing and pauses. Includes Teacher Notes, Reading or Reciting a Poem Handout, plus Student Instruction Sheet with Rubric

    Poem Interpretation Art Project (For Any Poem)-- students will create an art project that complements the poem. A self-reflection on the choices they made in their project is part of grading. Also includes student instruction sheet with grading rubric.

    Write Your Own: Poetry Imitation Writing Activity (For Any Poem)-- Students will analyze a poem to identify select poetic devices. Then they will choose several of those elements to use in writing their own poem. Includes two analysis prewriting worksheets—one with specific devices listed and the other blank for teacher or student-selected literary devices.

    Poetry Comparison Essay or Multimedia Project (For Any Poem)-- Students will compare any two poems in either a multimedia project or an essay. Includes higher order thinking as well as separate student instruction sheets, with rubrics, for both options. Includes planning worksheet for brainstorming the points of comparison.

    Poem Turned Narrative Creative Writing Activity (For Any Poem)Poem Turned Narrative Creative Writing Activity (For Any Poem)--Students will write a narrative based on a poem. Works well with narrative poems, but can be applied to more abstract poems as well. Students will consider the theme of the poem, along with any characters or events from the poem. Includes bonus handout on Using Dialogue. Student instruction sheet with rubric, prewriting worksheet, and student sample provided.

    Poetry Culminating Projects For Use With Any Poem: Set of culminating projects, including the 5 stand-alone culminating projects. Offered in Task Card version, Student Menu version, and Choice Board versions. Modified rubrics included.

    Song Lyric Literary Analysis-- Great way to introduce or practice literary analysis. Students use a song of their choice. They will walk through the steps of a literary essay using the guided printables, then put the pieces together in an essay. Instruction sheet with rubric. Also includes option to write a song lyric literary analysis without using the step-by-step printables. Includes mini-lesson on using literary analysis with song lyrics as poetry.

    Literary Essay Writing for Any Text, Differentiate for Writers of All Levels-- Set of materials to support writers of all levels in writing a literary analysis essay for any text. Includes guidance on picking a topic (optional) as well as several printables to help students with the process, including the inclusion of literary devices in their analysis. Rubric provided. Provide, require, or exclude the support printables as needed for differentiation on an individual or class level.

    Text Connections For Use with Any Poem or Story Fun, engaging activity has students make connections to any text, in the form of Text Messages. Students can make connections from text to text, text to self, and text to world. Includes several cell phone templates for a variety of uses.

    Poetry Terms Crosswords and Word Searches Bundle: Fun activities to go with learning or reviewing major poetry terms! Includes a crossword puzzle with 21 clues plus answer key—good for review. Also includes a word search with the same terms for a fun filler activity—also includes answer key.


    This product is a TPT Bundle of separate PDF items. Some PDFs may be used with Easel by TPT.

    The Poetry Teacher Toolkit for Teaching Poetry (Use With Any Poem) is also available in an a fully editable format including a zipped file that contains a single file Word document (.docx) with the activities plus a PowerPoint (.pptx) with the task cards.


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