This 2 page document, which includes a rubric, is designed specifically to allow your students a chance to do their own poetry writing. The first page gives specific directions for students to write two poems. The poems are to use two different moods and focus on two different topics. This is not specific to any particular type of poem, but allows students to explore types of poetry they are most comfortable with. It is best to have students read through a variety of poetry books or have a variety of poems read to them before accomplishing this task. The second page is a rubric that looks for very general poem qualities, such as the expression of emotion, the focus of the poem, and quality of overall work. This is a great kick-off to poetry writing for students of many age levels or can be used more than once throughout the school year.
Common Core: CC.6.W.4; CC.6.W.5; CC.6.W.10