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How to Write a Poem

In this lesson, students learn how to write a few different types of poems, including limericks and acrostic poems. They also learn about common elements found in poetic writing, such as metaphors and similes. After this lesson, your class can put together a poetry anthology.

Printable Lesson

PDFs:

  • 2–3 hours
  • 10 pages
Audio

This lesson does not contain audio.

Tasks
  • warm-up
  • reading
  • vocabulary review tasks
  • comprehension
  • introduction to structured poems
  • writing practice
  • peer evaluation
  • group project
Vocabulary
  • rhyme
  • rhythm
  • syllable
  • illustration
  • antonym
  • good copy
  • rhyme scheme
  • meter
  • alliteration
  • simile
  • metaphor
  • stanza
Tasks

Launch

Due

Answer Key

  • Lesson Objective

  • Writing Warm-Up

  • Rhyme Vs. Rhythm

  • Vocabulary Preview A

  • Vocabulary Preview B

  • Elements of Poetry

  • Rhyming Poem

  • Writing Task 1

  • Acrostic Poems

  • Writing Task 2

  • Diamonte Poems

  • Limerick

  • Writing Task 3

  • Haiku

  • Writing Task 4

  • Comprehension

  • Vocabulary Review

  • The 5 Senses

  • Poetry Writing Checklist

  • Assessment