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Write a Poem! Fun Year's-End Middle School Activity

written by: Kellie Hayden • edited by: Donna Cosmato • updated: 9/13/2014

An end-of-the-year poem is a great way to close the middle school year. The poems should be reflective and humorous. The poem will have four quatrains and use a rhyme scheme. A template and example are included to help struggling students.

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    Reflection Poem Lesson

    430 3299938 One way to wrap up the school year for your middle school students is to have them write a poem in which the they reflect: The student can think about each quarter and write about the memorable events throughout the year. The memories can be good ones or bad ones. For middle school, it does not hurt if the poem is humorous.

    The key for this poem is that the personality of the student comes through in the poem. Events or things that are important to individual students will make each poem unique and interesting.

    End-of-the-Year Poem Directions

    Students sometimes struggle when teachers assign students to write a poem about a specific topic, especially at the end of the school year. This lesson will give specific steps on how students can write one. A good resource to complete this activity is a rhyming dictionary.

    Step 1: Brainstorm three or four memorable events that happened during each quarter of the school year.

    Students can take their notebook paper and fold it in half. Then, they need to fold it in half again. Now, the paper has folds that delineate four blocks to brainstorm ideas.

    Events can include every day events in a middle school student's life, such as classes, clubs, sporting events, lunch, friendships, texting, siblings, boyfriends, girlfriends, religion, music, fashion, movies, video games, etc.

    Step 2: Write a draft of the poem using the brainstormed ideas. It should have four stanzas that are quatrains. The four quatrains will represent a different quarter in the school year.

    Quatrain Basics

    A quatrain is a four-line "paragraph" in poetry. Each quatrain should have a rhyme scheme or rhyme pattern. This is the pattern of rhyme at the end of each line in the quatrain. The students can choose ABAB, ABBA, AABB, etc.

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    Example Template and Poem

    Sample Poem Template

    The following is a sample template for the end of the school year poem. Teachers can tweak and change the template to help students write the reflection poem.

    Stanza 1

    Line 1: Walking into the school doors on the first day

    Line 2: My good friend _________ met me in the hall

    Line 3: Talk about an event and the last word of the line needs to rhyme with day

    Line 4: Talk about an event and the last word of the line needs to rhyme with hall

    Stanza 2

    Line 5: Days turned into weeks and second quarter began

    Line 6: Talk about the friend in line 2 and end with the word bad

    Line 7: Talk about an event and the last word of the line needs to rhyme with began

    Line 8: Talk about an event and the last word of the line needs to rhyme with bad

    Stanza 3

    Line 9: The holidays are over and third quarter drug on

    Line 10: Talk about the friend in line 2 and end with the word ten

    Line 11: Talk about an event and the last word of the line needs to rhyme with on

    Line 12: Talk about an event and the last word of the line needs to rhyme with ten

    Stanza 4

    Line 9: Summer is almost here and the end to testing is near

    Line 10: Talk about the friend in line 2 and end with the word rule

    Line 11: Talk about an event and the last word of the line needs to rhyme with near

    Line 12: Talk about an event and the last word of the line needs to rhyme with rule

    Example Poem

    If the teacher chooses to share this with students, please make sure to point out to the students the stanzas and the rhyme scheme.

    Reflection Poem

    Walking into the school doors on the first day

    My good friend Jen met me in the hall

    A text or two or ten or twenty and my heart belonged to Jay

    My math teacher hates me and the quarterback drops ball

    Days turned into weeks and second quarter began

    Jen talked behind my back, making my day super bad

    Jay moved on to Zoe, and I need a new man

    Math is drag and my favorite new fashion statement is plaid

    The holidays are over and third quarter drug on

    Jen and I made up, our friendship was a ten

    The slam-dunk star held my hand and his name was Jon

    Order of operation kicked my butt -- again

    Summer is almost here and the end of testing is near

    Jen helped me with algebra by following the rule

    Ben danced with only me and my heart wanted to cheer

    My vacation plans are set, summer will be so cool