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Without revealing too many specifics, I'm looking for some poetry writing projects for a middle schooler who functions at a low-elementary level, first or second grade. The student of course cannot do the projects I'd planned for the class, and I've been modifying and supporting. But the student's sped teacher wants me to come up with some assignments that might be easier for the student to do independently. I've googled and found a couple of things on Scholastic (sensory poem with sentence stems, and a shape poem), but I would really appreciate any ideas you have. Thanks in advance.


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Try having child write “you are” poems. They describe a person in a few lines without saying person’s name. Name is revealed in last line “you are...”

Cinquains are good. 5 lines:
1 word = topic/theme
2 words
3 words
4 words
1 word which is actually a repeat of first line


If you don’t have it, get a copy of Hailstones and Halibut Bones. It’s a great book for teaching poems about colors. It was my touchstone book for teaching poetry.
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http://www.readwritethink.org/files/...98/biopoem.pdf
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https://www.kathimitchell.com/poemtypes.html
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Thanks for these ideas! I have to be honest: Most of them are way beyond what this student can do. (I think my estimate of 1st-2nd grade is optimistic.) However, today I proposed the idea of writing a concrete (shape) poem. The selling point was that she could draw a picture with it. She liked that, so we'll try that first. The Kathi Mitchell list looks good, too. Thanks!


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writing similes. You could do examples first that are used often. Then you could make up some using objects. For example:

The kitten was as soft as.........

Then give her a box with soft things to feel. When she chooses one that reminds her of kitten fur that is her answer.

You could put in a flannel shirt, something made of velvet, house slippers.......

Similes are short and sweet and often used in poetry.
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Regie Routman has a series called Kid's Poems (from Scholastic) about writing poetry with K through 4th grade, separate books k, 1, 2, 3-4. She is terrific and practical--just what a teacher needs.

I highly recommend all of her books, especially Teaching Essentials.
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