Make reading and writing poetry fun with this lesson for Shape (Concrete) Poems. After reading poems, students use mentor texts as models for their own writing.
The lessons starts with a “puzzling” warm up (using online links to Rebus puzzles); then students read and analyze sample shape poems including "Seal" by William Jay Smith and poems by Guillaume Apollinaire (online links are provided to the texts). Finally, they write their own shape poems.
They are guided step-by-step as they brainstorm simple shapes and write words and phrases that they associate with the shape. Finally, they use the pre-writing activities to draft their own shape poems which they continue to take through the writing process. Students use the six traits (ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions) for peer revision, and the rubric evaluates their use of these traits.
This 12 page resource includes the following:
-links to sample poems online (to respect copyright),
-an explicit lesson plan with Common Core ELA Anchor Standards,
-poem analysis graphic organizer,
-poem analysis key for "Seal," activity handout,
-peer revision handout,
-two sample student poems (a 6th grader and a special needs 9th grader)
If you like this lesson, you may be interested in my other Inspired Writing lessons which employ mentor texts:
Dialogue Poems Inspired Writing!
Memorial Design & Speech Writing
I've Been to the Promised Land