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Poetry Writing Prompts - Highly Structured Poems

Grade Levels
9th, Homeschool
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  1. Looking for a poetry unit and additional resources to use throughout the year? This is a complete five week unit plan for poetry covering figurative language, imagery, sound, rhyme, and types of poetry. This unit includes homework, bell ringers & exit tickets, note taking PowerPoints, poetry a
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This bundle of materials allows students to first read and analyze poetry, and then write their own poetry in the same style or on the same topic. All of the writing prompts are structured for all those students who say, "I can't write poetry!" A great resource for struggling readers/writers. To see samples of this resource, click on the green "preview" button above.

The poems for analysis include: “Ego Tripping” by Nikki Giovanni, “The Base Stealer” by Robert Francis, “American Hero” by Essex Hemphill, “Nikki Rosa” by Nikki Giovanni, “Hanging Fire” by Audre Lorde, William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18," “Abuelito Who” by Sandra Cisneros, “Ode to My socks” by Pablo Neruda, “Identity” by Julio Noboa Polanco, “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks, “Harlem” by Langston Hughes.

Terms covered include: personification, metaphor, extended metaphor, speaker, tone, persona, allusion, simile, alliteration, onomatopoeia, inference, theme, rhyme scheme, sonnet, quatrain, couplet, catalog poem, ode, symbolism, imagery. Internal rhyme, end rhyme, exact rhyme, approximate rhyme, and stanza.

*11 poems for analysis
*7 structured poetry prompts
*Common Core alignment
*Usage guide with links to poems
*Digital usage guide for Google Classroom and other online learning management systems

*Please Note: This resource is a secure PDF and is not editable.

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Total Pages
29 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.


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