Poetry Lessons: Haiku and Limericks

Poetry Lessons, Free Printables & Student Poems

Hi Friends,
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.
-Angela

Learning Experience: Haiku Poem

Model Texts taken from text book & favorite Haiku online. 

  • Teach syllables: 5,7,5 pattern
  • Teach history of Haiku: Japanese poetry
  • Teach subject matter of Haiku: nature

Leading Examples: Haiku Poems by My Students

Click on the Poem to Enlarge! Enjoy these young poets’ work . . .

Leading Example: Winning Limerick Voted by My Students

  • Teach Limericks: Poetry through the Ages: Limerick at a Glance
  • Students pair up to write a limerick.
  • Put a number on the corner of each group’s limerick.
  • Have another class read and judge the winner
  • Select the top three. Announce by number.
  • Pick Overall Winner from the 1st place poems.

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Check out previous posts: Hero Poem Post ,  Animal/Shape Poem Post and
Emotion Poem  . . .
Poetry Printables included too.

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Poetry Lesson: Emotion Poem, Color “Inside Out” of The Lines!


Poetry Lessons, Free Printables & Student Model Poems

Hi Friends,
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.
-Angela

Learning Experience: Emotion Poem

Model Texts taken from The Rider by Naomi Shihab Nye

The Rider Poem. Copyright Image

Lesson Plan Step-by-Step

 

  • STUDENT WRITING: 
  • Select one main emotion (or complimentary emotions) and create a web:
    • Emotion in the middle
      • Events causing that emotion (personal or in general)
      • Antonyms/opposite emotion
      • Synonyms for the emotion
      • Sensory details for the emotion
    • Create a poem expressing the emotion selected using sensory details, figurative language and an image or color

      Fun kid’s shirt purchased at Target. Wish they had one in my size! I’ll be using this for a prize.

Leading Examples: Model Emotion Poems by My Students

Click on the Poem to Enlarge! Enjoy these young poets’ work . . .

Check out previous posts: Hero Poem Post & Animal/Shape Poem Post
Don’t miss the upcoming posts: Haiku & Limericks!

 

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Poetry Lesson: Animal/Shape Poems

Poetry Lessons, Free Printables & Student Poems

Hi Friends,
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.
-Angela

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!

 Image from Blog

 

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!

Creative 7th Graders

Don’t miss the upcoming posts: Emotion Poem, Haiku & Limericks!

 

 

 

 

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Poetry Lessons: Hero Poems, “Heroes Around Me”

Poetry Lessons, Free Printables & Student Model Poems

Hi Friends,
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.
-Angela

Learning Experience: Hero Poem

Lesson Plan Step-by-Step

Model Texts taken from HEROES and SHE-ROES

  • Students brainstorm questions & answers about heroes and she-roes:
    • What do you think of when you hear the word hero?
    • What qualities make a hero?
    • Who is a hero to you, either someone you know personally or someone famous?
    • How can you be a hero?
  • Students read the collection of poetry in model text aloud in groups or with the class.
  • Discuss the figurative language/literary devices discovered in the poems:
  • Write your own Hero Poem! 
    • Select a hero, she-roe, or write about heroes in general
    • Rough draft, peer edit, revise, final draft, add image or draw an illustration
  • (Enter the final drafts of poems in our school’s  PTA Reflections Contest)

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Purchase Model Text on Amazon

Leading Examples: Model Poems by My Students

Click on the Poem to Enlarge! Enjoy these young poets’ work . . .

Mason Horton, Beginner ESL student. Poem in English & Russian Couldn’t be prouder of him!

Reading our model text together:


 

Don’t miss the upcoming posts: Animal Poems, Emotion Poems, Haiku & Limericks!

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YA Favorites of My Middle Schoolers:

Best Book List for 7th & 8th Graders:

First week of school is in the books, so to speak. After hearing 100 summer reading presentations of book summaries accompanied with creative projects, these are the YA (Young Adult) book titles that the students loved most. I’m excited to use this list to build my classroom library!

Here’s the book list of my students’ favorites:

Books in a Series:
  • The Maze Runner Series- 5 books by James Dashner
  • A Wrinkle in Time Quintet by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Divergent Trilogy- 3 books plus related book titled “Four” by Veronica Roth
  • The Giver, Gathering Blue, The Messenger, The Son- 4 books by Lois Lowry
  • The Chronicles of Narnia Series- 7 books by C.S. Lewis
  • Percy Jackson Series- 7 books by Rick Riordan
  • Heroes of Olympus- 5 books by Rick Riordan
  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • Anne of Green Gables Series- 8 books by L.M. Montgomery
  • Series of Unfortunate Events 13 books by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)
  • Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie
  • Brian’s Saga Series by Gary Paulsen

Single Titles: 

  • Fault in our Stars by John Green
  • The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Papertowns by John Green
  • Peeling the Onion by Wendy Orr
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • Loser by Jerry Spinelli
  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  • Beastly by Alex Flinn
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  • Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
  • Time Traveller by H.G. Wells
  • Hot Hand by Mike Lupica
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • Kisses from Katie by Katie J. Davis
  • As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
  • Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson
  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
  • Beastly by Alex Flinn

Thank you PTA for Donating Books for Our Class Library!

Best Ever PTA!

Students’ Summer Reading Projects:

Book Jackets, News Reports, Scene Models, Mobiles, Games, Quilts, Shadow Boxes,
I-movies, Posters . . . and many amazing presentations getting us excited to read more!!!

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