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Writing Poetry Presentation and Handouts: Write Like a Poet Distance Learning

Tracee Orman
Grade Levels
6th - 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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230 pages
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Creative writing doesn't have to be difficult. You can teach your students to write like famous poets with ease! My "Write Like a Poet" presentation and handouts are perfect for all students, but especially for those who struggle with creativity or hate to write (or hate poetry). Aligned with the Common Core State Standards for reading literature and writing. This is a great distance learning activity for your students! You can share it on a secured platform and let them work at their own pace. (I include a Google Slides version.)

This IS included in my mega bundle: ALL of my POETRY RESOURCES GROWING BUNDLE.

So many students struggle when it comes to writing poetry. This editable 195-slide presentation (which includes 25 pages of printable and editable handouts) will have them writing with ease! Not only does it introduce several well-known poets and their famous poems, it shows students that writing does not have to be difficult and can actually be fun.

Students will review the bios of famous poets, then study one (or more) of their poems, then try to mimic the same style and/or format. I include poem "maps" or formulas so all students have to do is fill in the blanks. Your students will be engaged, and by the time they are through, they'll have written over 20 original poems.

The poets/poems used include: William Carlos Williams (The Red Wheelbarrow and This is Just to Say), Gwendolyn Brooks (We Real Cool, Cynthia in the Snow, and Speech to the Young...), Carl Sandburg (Fog), Margaret Atwood (You Fit Into Me), Ezra Pound (In a Station of the Metro), Matsuo Basho (Various Haikus), Walt Whitman (I Saw in Louisiana a Live Oak Growing and The Runner), Dorothy Parker (Resume), Anne Sexton (The Starry Night), William Shakespeare (Sonnet 18), magnetic poetry, black-out (redacted) poetry, book spine poems, internet online activities, and so many more. It also includes tons of student examples and a teacher's answer guide. Students can compile their original poems into a book of poetry for a final project.

This is appropriate for grades 6-12, and perhaps adaptable for younger students, as well. The poetry styles are not difficult and are presented clearly with plenty of examples.

The zipped file has the Microsoft Powerpoint and Word versions, as well as the PDF files.

This is a VERY LARGE download. It will take several minutes to download completely. Please be patient before unzipping the folder, otherwise, you will end up with an incomplete or corrupted file.

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Tracee's Poetry Resources

Created by Tracee Orman

Mrs. Orman's Classroom

Keywords: poetry, poem, writing, write, forms, poets, haiku, me poem, personification, metaphor, simile, sonnet, imagery, snapshot, william carlos williams, gwendolyn brooks, carl sandburg, margaret atwood, william blake, walt whitman, dorothy parker, william shakespeare, anne sexton, distance learning

Total Pages
230 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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