If you want to write serious poetry, buy another book. If you want your students to learn to play with language and write silly rhymes, you have come to the right place. Playing with words expands vocabulary. Working on short assignments can build stamina which leads to longer assignments.
Included in this unit are nine types of poetry with original examples, a writing process and a planning sheet. I have included a short glossary of basic terms and some online resources to expand your own poetry unit.
I find these lessons useful when I have just finished a longer project with my students. They need to play with words and so do I. When I first mention poetry, many students groan, but I have discovered that many students who don’t like to write find success with these forms. They also like the fact that they don’t have to be serious. For some, writing poetry becomes very addicting.
As with most writing projects, the quality of poems will improve if you provide a real audience. Poems can be published accompanied by an illustration and posted on a bulletin board in the hallway. Poems may be read aloud to the class or to a buddy class. I have access to a classroom website and my students enjoy posting their work for the world to see.