First of all, if you haven't read this poem, READ IT! I love this poem. And don't let the title deceive you. This does not have to be a Valentine's Day activity. It's great for any time of the year, because that's not even the focus of the poem. The poem is theme heavy. It's all about how we can reinvent our way of thinking to see the beauty (and poem) in anything. The writing activity encourages students to find that thing that can be ugly and is usually considered ugly by the world's standards...and to find the beauty in it. My sample poem is called "A Message from the Laundry Chute," and you can probably guess what it's about.
This activity includes the following:
1. My lesson plans and they way I teach the activity.
2. Information Cards with definitions/examples of personification, alliteration, tone, mood, stanza, theme, summary, and repetition--to put in notebooks or to for students to pair up and quiz before the activity to help set the tone
3. Close reading questions to guide comprehension. (the poem is not included; I've included a link, but you can find it with a quick Internet search)
4. Introduction to the writing activity page
5. Topic gathering page
6. Pre-writing page
7. Instructions and encouragement for free-writing
8. Examples of my pre-writing, free-writing, and sample poem
9. Page for writing final copy
10. Scoring guide that I use with the activity
11. Answers to close reading questions