Introducing Different Types of Poetry to Your Class

Introducing Different Types of Poetry to Your Class

If your students need a refresher on the poetry form you choose to introduce, you can use the following guide.

  1. Define the type of poetry you are going to use in your class.
    • Haiku - A three-line poem with a syllable structure of 5-7-5. Haiku are typically about nature.
    • Ode - A lyrical poem that praises someone or something.
    • Acrostic Poem - A poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word or a phrase.
    • Concrete Poem - A poem in which the letters are positioned on the page in a way that creates an image.
  2. Give examples of the type of poetry you want your students to write. For example, you could have them read the seasonal haiku in Haiku Journey by Kimberley Blaeser, the concrete poem Grasshopper by E. E. Cummings, or the odes Ode to a Large Tuna in the Market by Pablo Neruda and Sloth by Yusef Komunyakaa.
  3. Have your students create their own poem by participating in Newsela’s Earth Day Poetry Challenge.

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