This product is a poetry stations set to accompany any middle-school poetry or figurative language unit. It uses mentor texts and has differentiated activities at each station! The activities are designed based on the idea that we learn to write by mimicking good writing.
* Six stations (Metaphors, Similes, Personification, Sensory Details, Onomatopoeia, Hyperbole), designed to take about 15-20 minutes.
* A sign for each station
* Student instructions for each station
* Mentor poem for each station
* Three differentiated tasks for each station: easy (“White Belt”), medium (“Green Belt”), and challenging (“Black Belt”)
* Answer keys and rubrics
In each station, students will read a poem focusing on one type of figurative language. Then, depending upon which task they choose, they may practice writing with the targeted figurative language, they may mimic the mentor poem using a template, or they may mimic the mentor poem without the aid of a template. No matter which task they choose, students are reading poetry and writing, using the mentor poem as a model.
How you use this product is flexible, as there are many options depending upon your needs as a teacher and your students' needs. Here are a few ideas:
1) Students can rotate through each station, with 15-20 minutes at each. At each station, students can decide which task they want to complete (easy, medium, or challenging), based on their abilities and understanding of the targeted figurative language.
2) Students who choose the easy task and finish quickly can move on to the medium or hard task.
3) Some students might choose to attempt the challenging task but not finish within 20 minutes. You may decide to give students more time in stations, or have students finish incomplete work at a later time.
4) Alternatively, you could have everyone start with the easy task at each station; then the next day, everyone could attempt the medium-difficulty task; and on the third day, they could try the challenging task over a longer period of time.
5) Students could move through the stations freely at their own pace.
6) Students could share their work with their team or with the whole class, or perhaps post their poems on a class blog or website, if you have one.
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