teacher tools for teaching poetry writing to middle school 6th graders 7th graders 8th graders onomatopoeia rhyme thanksgiving theme pome poem

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If you’re an English teacher or homeschooling mom looking for free handouts (including my pumpkin-shaped poem assignmentrhyme table, and other teacher tools, I recommend visiting EnglishEmporium, which offers free graphic organizerslesson ideasvocabulary lists and more, in weekly blog posts).

It’s possible that Mrs. Sparhawk took grades on the D.O.L. (grammar assignment) today. Please ask her if she did. If so, you need to go to a box in the make-up work center that says “Extra D.O.L.” and get a worksheet from this box. You can take this home and do it as homework, but don’t forget to turn it in when you return to school.

Students should be bringing home vocabulary lists to study. Our next spelling/vocabulary list will be over Poetry Vocabulary List 4G. (Click the link to see the full list.) Our spelling/vocabulary test is scheduled for November 3, 2011.

Students have a poetry assignment for the weekend as well (if they didn’t finish theirs in class). Their final poem must be turned in on Wednesday, November 2. They’ll need to turn in all of the following:

  • The “Getting Ready to Write” rhyme table and webs
  • The first draft of their poem (written on notebook paper)
  • Their first draft must have at least five proofreading symbols  to show that it has been edited
  • A final draft written in ink (or typed) on the back of a graphic image (provided by the teacher)

Poems should be written on a fall, harvest, or Thanksgiving theme. They need to rhyme, use at least one onomatopoeia, and follow the basic rules of traditional poetry (i.e. capitalize the first word of each line, etcetera). And remember, this poetry writing assignment will be due on Wednesday, November 2! It’s coming soon!

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About Chelly Wood

I am a school librarian with an English degree, and I like to write books. My literary agent is Elizabeth Kracht of Kimberley Cameron & Associates.

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