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Using Classic Poetry to Challenge and Enrich Students' Writing
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 40-minute sessions|
New York, New York
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students often find poetry frustrating and meaningless. By helping students think critically about the differences between poetry and prose, this introduction sets the stage for different strategies for comprehending poetic texts.
Grades K – 12 | Calendar Activity |  April 1
Students are assigned to be "poets of the day" and are provided several models to create, illustrate, and present their different poems to the class.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  April 13
Students focus on the figurative language in Heaney's poem, "Digging," and discuss the speaker's attitude, and how metaphor, simile, and image contribute to the poem.
Grades 5 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  November 28
As a class, students brainstorm abstract concepts and personify that concept through a drawing or story told about the character who personifies that concept.
Grades 9 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  December 10
Students discuss Dickinson's poem "This Is My Letter To The World" and use it to focus on how audience affects voice.
Grades 3 – 8 | Professional Library | Journal
The author of this article advocates using "great" poetry with children, and providing the link between the reading and writing of poetry.