Free Verse poetry is one of the simplest and one of the most difficult form of poetry! This unit allows the students to use their creative minds, without the stress of rules and structure. The minilessons in this unit will help your students create beautiful and meaningful pieces of poetry, while having fun too! You will be so impressed with their writing during this unit! You will even notice the struggling students really excelling in this writing unit because of its
There are 20 minilessons included in this Poetry Writing unit. Each minilesson lays out the writing focus for the day. I have included student examples, anchor charts, book recommendations, suggested dialogue, activities, games, parent letters, self-reflection sheets, and talking points for each lesson.
The minilessons included are:
1- What is Poetry? (immersion day)
2 - Listening with a Poetic Ear. (immersion day)
3- Different Ways to Find a topic. Creating a heart map to help us with ideas.
4- Poets use their senses to help them write poetry.
5- Poets carefully choose words they want to use to help paint a picture in the readers' mind.
6- Writers "crack open" words to make their poem sound poetic.
7- Poets read their poems over and over to make sure it has a beat (rhythm).
8- Poets repeat words and/or lines to show what is really important.
9- Poets use personification to make pictures in the readers' minds.
10- Poets use "Show, Don't Tell" to make the reader infer.
11- Poets use onomatopoeia to help the reader visualize.
12-Poets use line breaks and white space to help set the rhythm of the poem.
13- Poets change the shape of their poem so it matches the big idea.
14- Poets create strong ending lines to make their poems memorable.
15- Poets create titles. Sometimes the give clues, other times they tell what the poem is about.
16- Poets pick a favorite piece to publish.
17- Poets meet with other poets to help them revise.
18- Poets illustrate their poem(s) to enhance the readers' visual experience.
19- Poets use self-reflection to learn and grow as writers.
20- Celebration time! (Different ideas for a fun/interactive celebration day are suggested)