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Poetry Circles: Generative Writing Loops Help Students Craft Verse

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Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50- to 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Linda L. Young

Plattsburgh, New York


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Folders

  • Writing journals or notebooks

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1. Make enough copies of Generative Writing Loops Activity Handout #1: Introduction, Generative Writing Loops Activity Handout #2: The Roles and Instructions, and Generative Writing Loops Activity Handout #3: Italian Sonnet so you have one of each handout per student.

2. Print and make enough copies of "What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, and Where, and Why (Sonnet XLIII)" by Edna St. Vincent Millay and "A Blessing" by James Wright so you have one of each per student.

3. Ask students to bring writing journals or notebooks to class.

4. Divide students into groups of four. For best results, vary the structure of the groups to take into account gender, academics, and social balance.

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