HAIKU: Share an example of a Haiku and provide treats for any students who can identify the elements that compose the Haiku form (i.e., the three lines, the syllabic pattern of 5-7-5). Label the poem a Haiku.
SENSORY: Share an example of a Sensory poem and provide treats for any students who can identify the elements that compose its form. Label the form a Sensory Poem.
5) MIXING IT UP & PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: Tell students to reveal the genre on their pieces of paper and break them up into groups per the type of poem they’ve drawn out of the bag. Instruct the students to write an example of that type of poem (give them no more than 7 minutes) and share it with others in their group. The only stipulation is that their poem must be about poetry. This is when they’ll have to refer back to the initial free association brainstorm with which you opened the class.
6) PRESENTATION: Either select yourself or have the group nominate one person’s poem to be read aloud to the class from each group and discuss. (NOTE: You may opt to reward each student who reads a poem aloud with a sugarless treat.)
7) LISTEN & REFLECT: Pour punch and provide a snack for all students, allowing them to drink and nibble while listening to audio of poetry readings you’ve compiled yourself. Afterwards, discuss the feelings it evoked. Collect slivers of paper before students exit for the day.
8) ROTATE: The next day, switch up the groups so that everyone is working on a different form than they did the day before, being sure to review the forms and repeat steps 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7. You may vary the snacks and types of audio recordings to keep things interesting.
As an alternative to holding this poetry lesson plan over one week, you might modify and hold the poetry parties every Friday of April.