7th Grade
Language Arts and Literature

    In this step of the unit, you will not only get a chance to understand what it takes to be a poet, you will be able to teach your classmates how to become poets.   You will be able to work independently, or with one or two other students.  You will have a lot of room to be creative with this assignment.  I encourage you to follow your own interests, and you will be creating your own evaluation criteria.

Your first step will be figuring out what someone would need to know in order to write good poetry.  This is the tricky part, because a lot of people have different ideas about what poets need to you.  Visit some of the sites below, and you will see what I mean.  They all have certain aspects in common, but they also have very different approaches. While you are reviewing these sites, write down ideas or hints that you feel would be useful to a future poet.

Kinds of Poems  http://www.mca.k12.nf.ca/subpro5.htm 
This is Millcrest Academy's approach to teaching poetry.

Kid's Korner  http://www.pcpartsandpieces.com/books/bookpages/silverstein/silverstein.html#write
This site is designed to teach kids how to write like Shel Silverstein.

PIZZAZ!  People Interested in Zippy and ZAny Zcribbling  http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~leslieob/pizzaz.html#Poetry
This site gives step-by-step instructions on how to write all kinds of different types of poems.
Poetry Pointers http://members.aol.com/lucyhardng/pointers/index1.htm#top
This link will take you to an extensive site on poetry.  This is to the list of topics page.

Poetry Pointers Continued
The above link is for students who want a challenge!  Check it out!
This portion of Poetry Pointers addresses many questions beginning poets have.
This portion of Poetry Pointers addresses the confusion some student have about when to use capital letters in poetry.  Very important information.

The Poetry Zone  http://www.poetryzone.ndirect.co.uk/index2.htm
Classroom Resources and How to Write Poems
Check out all three links from this site.  They are very kid and teacher-friendly, and offer good information.

Emory University Poetry Handbook
This site has great information for students who want a challenge.

Collection of Poetry Terms
A great place to check out poetry vocabulary.

Poetry in Motion
This site was designed by a teacher.  It includes power point presentations about poetry!  Don't skip over this site!

Poetry for Kids
Click on "How To"-  A great lesson on how to write funny poetry.

Brainstorming for the Meeting
Once you or your group has identified some helpful lessons or topics, you will schedule a meeting with me.  Please bring the following to the meeting:

An idea of the content you want to present to the class. (What do you think needs to be taught?  Why do you think this needs to be taught?)

An idea for method of delivery.  How will you go about teaching the content?  Will you stand in front to the class?  Will you develop a web page?  Will you organize group work?

An idea of the amount of  class time you will need to teach the information.

An idea for evaluation.

During the meeting, we will talk about your plans.  Don't feel like you need to already know everything you are going to do.  I want to explore possibilities with you. 

During this meeting, we will agree on evaluation criteria for this assignment.  Brainstorm some areas in which you would like to be evaluated on.  We will be filling in the following rubric.

Evaluation Criteria
No attempt
Below Average
Slight Attempt
Above Average 
Met All Criteria
Exceeded Expectations
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