One genre that has always been challenging, yet rewarding for me to teach is poetry. The Common Core expects students to dig into the nuances of language. Poetry slow students down, requiring them to think through punctuation, word choice, tone, mood, etc. So, I've been adding to my folder of resources for next year. Here are a few of my new favorites...
Poem Hunter is a website that I have used many times. You can search for free for just about any poem by just about any renowned poet. There are biographies and videos available to accompany lessons. This site can be used to access the texts or do a biography study of favorite poets.
This is one Limerick Writing lesson available for free on Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT). The packet has examples, notes on what a limerick is and student friendly handouts so your students can write their own. This would make a great writing lesson, introduction of limericks, extension lesson after students have read limericks or even a simple sub plan.
This Poetry Packet is another lesson I'm filing away for next year. It is another TPT freebie. It has descriptions of the following poem types: Acrostic, Cinquain, Couplet, Diamante, and Haiku. There is a template so students can write their own book of poems. It would be a good project idea to summarize a poetry unit.
Auto Rap is a new free app. Students record their poems and the recording is automatically synched with a rhythm and turned into a rap. I can't wait to try this with my students and let them hear their voices rapping the poems they write!