Gearing up to start a poetry unit in your secondary class? Consider starting off with this collaborative, fun, and fast-moving classroom discussion activity!
This discussion is bound to get yous students talking and moving about what they already understand about poetry and critically discussing what makes a piece of writing poetry. This discussion utilizes partner and larger group work. It features examples from Sarah Kay, Shakespeare, Shel Silverstein, and even the film 22 Jump Street. Your class will leave with a clear understanding of what poetry is and an excitement in seeing all the different forms it can take.
Depending on you and your class, I would say this activity will take around 25-30 minutes. You can shorten or lengthen depending on your needs.
I usually collect and grade the handouts for participation and involvement. Please let me know if you have any questions at all! Thanks :)
This package of the discussion handout, teacher guide, and slides comes in a compressed zip file. Here's a quick link for help if you're not sure how to open it: http://www.wikihow.com/Open-a-.Zip-File-Without-Winzip