High school students love poetry writing. High school teachers hate reading students' poetry...until now. These tips on writing poetry involve every English teacher's best friend, the writing process.
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Great poetry brings about great emotion. So does bad poetry. After reading the 845th poem on friendship betrayed, I cried. I knew I needed to give my students tips on writing poetry. After reading the 927th poem that included the rhyme "breeze" and "trees," I cried. I knew I needed to give tips on writing poetry. After reading the 2,142nd poem full of trite expressions, I cried. I knew I needed to teach poetry writing. After my students made fun of my poem about roofing shingles, I knew I needed to practice poetry writing.
I began my poetry writing self instruction by using the writing process.
I made it into a lesson plan while sitting by a whirring fan. This lesson plan is here on loan. If you don't like it, come up with your own.