Poetry Lessons, Free Printables & Student Poems
I’m thrilled to share the poetry lessons my 7th graders just completed. They rocked poetry. As a teacher, I loooove when teachers share ideas with downloadable worksheets, so that’s what you’ll get below! Most of all, I’m excited to publish my students’ model poems. Enjoy the Learning Experience & Leading Examples.
Poetry is Music & Music is Poetry.
Learning Experience: Animal Poem/Shape Poem
Model Texts taken from Seal by William Jay Smith
Lesson Plan Step-by-Step:
- STUDENT READING:
- Read the poem Seal by William Jay Smith aloud together as a class
- Answer: What questions does this poem answer about the seal?
- What is the seal’s habitat
- Who is the seal’s predator? . . .
- In groups or individually, the students label literary devices/figurative language including the rhyme scheme:
- Highlight the action verbs (Fun to make it a contest to see who can find the most!)
- STUDENT WRITING:
- Select an animal to feature in a poem.
- Answer the same questions for your animal that you wrote above about the seal.
- Use those answers as a brainstorm to begin the rough draft.
- Requirements: 25-30 lines, 10 strong action verbs, 3 literary devices, shape or image in, on, or around the poem, add color, enjoy writing!
Leading Examples: Model Animal/Shape Poems by My Students
Click on the Poem to Enlarge! Enjoy these young poets’ work . . .
So many creative animal poems that it was hard to pick which ones to feature!
Don’t miss the upcoming posts: Emotion Poem, Haiku & Limericks!