Poetry Introduction

This poetry unit is intended as an exploration of creative writing, thinking, and orally and visually presenting for all ages and all abilities. The Tic-Tac-Toe table below is divided into Gardner's intelligences and according to four levels of challenge so learners and teachers can pick and choose from beginner, emergent, capable or advanced activities depending on their skills in each of the areas (K-7).

When looking for sites:  Orange (with an S) is for students,     Greem for Teachers,   Blue for both Students and Teachers 

Exploration of Poetry


Beginner Emergent Capable Advanced


- Can we create poetry as a group by brainstorming together and using each others' ideas?

- What messages do poets attempt to get across: social justice, change, compassion?

- Who are your favourite authors? What are they like as people?

Creating pictures and webs to express feelings and emotional responses.


Teacher-directed  collaborative web creation (Inspiration, SmartBoard).

Poetry circles and poet-trees for sharing favourite and personal poems.


Collaborative Poetry


Poetry Lessons by Teachers


Peer assessment and critique (2 stars and a wish).




Poetry Slam


- How can poetry journals and books be used to explore your thoughts and ideas? 

Explore: Free verse, imagery 

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Scrap Book: collecting powerful images to evoke thoughts/feelings


Listening to Accessible Books

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Using PowerPoint for poetry


Poetry Journals







Personal Interpretation with



Creating Poetry Files 

Poetry Webquest


- Can poetry be expressed through movement? Dance?

Explore action poetry, songs, personnification, use different textures and media to create poems: collage, 3-D poetry

Act out poetry with:


ABC Raps


PBS Kids Activities


Poems and Rhymes and Things to Do

Express yourself through movement and mime: 

Artful poets:


Poetry Tableaux


Fold Me Poem: Origami


Poetry in Action:


Sports Poetry Rubric


Dancing Through Poetry

Language (Spoken)

- How does poetry change with tone of voice, cadence?

Explore: onomatopoeia, alliteration, rhyme schemes

Poetry Presentation 

Choral Poetry 


Teaching recitation

Poetry Presentation

Choral Poetry 


Coffee House 


Poetry Presentations 


Genre Presentation


Tips and poems for memorizing


Different interpretations of a poem


Poetry Recordings


Coffee House

Oral Interpretations : ideas to assist with recitation of poetry

Slam Poetry


Poetry Archives


Recordings of Poems

Language (Written)

- Which poems do you like to read?

- Which poems do you like to write?

Explore: poetry anthologies, picture books, catalogue poetry, limericks, couplets,  powerful words using a thesaurus

Clerihews - 4-line poems


Sausage Poems 

Poetry Journal and Samples 


Magnetic Poetry: Play with words on-line! 


Writing Tips

Letter Poems

Line Breakers

Twisting Words

Up-Down Poems

Popcorn Poetry



30 Days of Poetry


Magnetic Poetry - sorting


Journal stems


Poetry tools for metaphors


On-line acrostic poems


Weaving Technology into Poetry


Poetry Stations 


Create from a model Poem


Magnetic Poetry - sharing ideas with friends


Hearing written poetry 


Learning the genres


Poem Hunter


Poker Poetry


- How can we define a poem by the number of syllables, verses, couplets or by its rhyme scheme?

Explore: Cinquain, haiku, diamante, limerick, hexaquad, couplet, sonnet

Rhyming Couplets 


Haiku Gallery



Shadow Play






Teaching 10 Fabulous Forms of Poetry 


- Which lyrics do you enjoy most? Why?

- Can you write your own lyrics to music?

- How does the beat of the music affect the words to the lyrics?

Explore: rap, jazz, rock, nursery rhymes,

Nursery Rhymes 


Sound and Silly Rhymes

Limerick generator 


Cadence, rhythm and rhyme


Giggle Poetry

Rhyming Dictionary


Writing Jingles


Sound Poetry


Examples of Poetic Devices




How to teach rap 


Lessons on Poetic Device


Poetry through:

Rock music

Jazz music


Using sound technology


- How are poets inspired by nature?

- Can you use poetry to describe the five senses? 


Explore: Haiku (breathe in, hold the thought, and let it go)

Writing Haiku 


Nature and Haiku

Nature and Poetry


Poetry is like dissecting a flower 


Theme poetry: wind and weather


Water Dance


Student poems on environmental issues

Haiku - Oceans 

Nature Haiku  Slides

Eco-Poetry Lesson


Video on Environmental Issues



- How does the layout of the poem affect how we read it?

- Can poetry become even more meaningful with illustrations, graphics, choice of layout, font size and colour, backgrounds?

Explore: cinquain, concrete poem, diamante, 

Artistic Poetry 


CBC for Kids



Playing with words and shapes and images:


On-line shape poem helper


Wordle: word posters


Scholastic Poetry Ideas


Lesson Plan for Meaning-Making

Layout and visual arts for meaning

Prompts for:




Poster work

The Cremation of Sam McGee


3-D Poetry


Venn Diagram




Shaped whimsey:

Concrete Poems (Mike)


PowerPoint  Poetry Presentations


A Poke in the I


Creative video from diamante poem (Karen)


Wordle: word posters


Wear your Poem