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Letter Poem Creator
|Grades||3 – 12|
|Interactive Type||Writing Poetry|
|ABOUT THIS INTERACTIVE|
Letter poems are a particularly apt medium for exploring a defining characteristic of poetry-line breaks. As students work to transform narrative-style letters (shown at left) into poetic format, they are encouraged to think carefully about where to end each line. Using the Letter Poem Creator, students engage with the medium of letters and experiment with writing them as poems, with attention to why the lines are broken, where they are broken, and how line breaks affect rhythm, sound, meaning, and appearance.
Lessons That Use This Interactive
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students explore letter poems and experiment with writing letters as poems, using the placement of line breaks to enhance rhythm, sound, meaning, and appearance.
Related Classroom & Professional Development Resources
Grades 4 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students will be motivated to share their poetry through an online tool the features recording and animation.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  March 21
Students read and respond to Billy Collins' poem "Introduction to Poetry." Students then write about a favorite poem and imagine the perfect way to read it.
Grades K – 12 | Calendar Activity |  October 3
Students investigate the website of a past Poet Laureate's project and use it as a model to celebrate poetry that appeals most to them.