10 Meaningful Activities for Teaching Poetry
10 Meaningful Activities for Teaching Poetry
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, May 08, 2019 by Andilynn Feddeler

Even though National Poetry Month is over, the opportunities for teaching poetry aren’t! Try out some of these fun and meaningful activities that make real-world connections and inspire curiosity and interest in poetry and literature.

  • Perform a poem. Students can either recite lines from their favorite poem, or perform a skit as a group that reflects the main points of the poem.

  • Music as poetry. Analyze song lyrics and talk about the connections between music and poetry to show students that literature can be seen in everyday life.

  • Blackout poems. Give each student a few pages from an old book and have students single out words they want to put in their poems, blacking out everything else on the page.

  • Copycat poetry. Have students imitate the style of one of their favorite poets or poems to explore how authors develop their own unique voices.

  • Cheesy poems. Challenge the class to create the cheesiest, purposely “bad” poems to explore what themes and stereotypes students subconsciously associate with poetry.

  • Fixed-rule poems. Give students a line or phrase that they must incorporate within the poem, or a rhyme scheme to adhere to. This not only gives them a starting point for their poem, but also allows them to express creativity in a new way.

  • Acrostics. A tried-and-true activity that works for younger grades, creating acrostics allows students to explore their positive characteristics.

  • Mad Libs poems. Start with a template of a poem and allow students to fill in verbs, adjectives, nouns, and more, creating a silly story that everyone participates in.

  • Rotating poetry. Have each student write a couple of lines, then pass it along to his or her neighbor until every student’s poem gets back to where it started. This shows how drastically a poem can deviate from its original idea!

  • Illustrated poems.  Have students draw their own or someone else’s poem to incorporate artistic elements into language arts curriculum.


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