Poetry Writing Unit Assignments and Activities - Poem Writing Bundle

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These poetry writing activities will engage all of your students in writing their own poetry. Writing poetry can be very intimidating for students, so these projects make the process fun, easy, and authentic. Students will write formula poetry (haiku, acrostic, limerick, etc.), a slam poem, refrigerator poetry, snowball poetry, and texting poetry! Each of these unique and creative poem writing assignments has absolutely everything you need to get started.


Included in this poetry writing activities bundle:

➡️ Texting Poetry Writing Activity:

Texting poetry has students write a poem that uses the short-hand conventions of texting. This means students will use abbreviations, acronyms, digits, and emojis within their poems. Texting poetry is sure to be a hit with all your students, even those who are reluctant to write their own poems.

  • A 17-slide PowerPoint presentation that will guide students through every element of this creative poetry writing activity. The slides include the following:
  1. Discussion questions to hook students into the lesson
  2. Information on texting poetry
  3. 6 Strategies for writing texting poetry with examples
  4. Texting poetry examples
  5. Prompts for students to write their own texting poem

  • A texting poetry student handout that shares the 6 strategies that poets use when writing a texting poem. This can be used as a guide and a reference for students when they are writing their own poems.
  • A texting poetry pre-writing graphic organizer that students can use to brainstorm possible topics, consider word choice, and texting poetry strategies while they create their rough draft.
  • Two good copy pages where students can write their own original texting poems (on a blank cell phone). This looks great on display on a classroom bulletin board.


➡️ Slam Poetry Writing Activity:

Teach your students poetry slam writing with this ready-to-use resource. Slam poetry has gained popularity online with some poems featured in slam competitions going viral. Bring this phenomenon into the classroom by having your students produce and perform an original slam poem. With a teacher presentation, a student handout, graphic organizers, and a rubric, you have everything you need to guide students in their own slam poetry writing. There is absolutely no prep required!

  • An eye-catching PowerPoint presentation that will guide students through the lesson. They will learn about the history of slam poetry writing, the common rules poetry slams follow, the common characteristics of this poetry genre, and video examples of strong slam poems.
  • A student handout with the most important tips they should follow when they begin their own poetry slam writing
  • A print-ready graphic organizer with prompts that will help students in their pre-writing phase. They will brainstorm a topic, consider their tone, explore word choice options, consider what literary devices they want to include, and much more.
  • A ready-to-use teacher rubric that will make grading the poetry slams quick and easy.



➡️ Formula Poetry Writing Booklet:

This resource will guide students through the writing process for 8 different types of poems. This resource is perfect for any poetry writing unit as it provides step-by-step instructions for each of the types of poems, presentation slides, sample poetry responses, and rough draft and good copy templates.

  • Detailed student instructions for each of the 8 formula poems to guide students through the writing process. The following poem types are included:

  1. Bio Poem
  2. I Am Poem that uses metaphor, simile, and hyperbole
  3. Haiku
  4. Acrostic
  5. Concrete or Shape poem
  6. Antonym Diamante
  7. Limerick
  8. Quatrain.

  • Powerpoint presentation slides to introduce each of the poetry types to students. The slides include information about the poem, step-by-step instructions, and examples. 
  • Rough draft pages for each of the poem types for students to complete their first copy and make edits and adjustments.
  • Good copy pages for each of the poems to add to the completed poetry portfolio.



➡️ Refrigerator Poetry (Magnetic)

Refrigerator poetry comes from the small magnetic poetry words you might have seen on refrigerators that can be arranged to form a poem. Students use words from various parts of speech to create their own poems (no magnets required). Refrigerator poetry can teach vocabulary, independent thinking, imaginative personal expression, parts of speech, word choice, sensory detail, and phrasing!

  • A 10-slide Powerpoint presentation that will guide you through all elements of the lesson. The slideshow includes:

  1. What is refrigerator poetry?
  2. The benefits of this poetry writing activity
  3. Poetry writing activity instructions
  4. Examples of refrigerator poems (displayed on a fridge door where the letters look like magnetic poetry tiles)
  • Detailed Teacher Instructions: Use the teacher instructions to help you implement this poetry writing activity successfully in your classroom!
  • Refrigerator Poetry Word Bank: Students will use the included eight pages of words that are organized by part of speech to write their refrigerator poems (nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, pronouns, articles, verb endings). The words are color-coded, so you can keep the parts of speech separate and give a variety of word types to each group.
  • Parts of Speech Labels: Color-coded labels for each of the parts of speech are included. These can be attached to small individual plastic bags, baskets, or jars to keep the word types separated. 
  • Refrigerator Door Good Copy Template: Once students have completed their poems, they will attach each of the words to the blank refrigerator door template. This will make the words appear like magnetic poetry cards on a fridge door which looks great on display.
  • Refrigerator Poetry Poster: These poems look great on display, so use the included poster as a header on your bulletin board to display your students' refrigerator poetry underneath.
  • Black and White Option: If you would rather not use the color-coded system, a black and white option has been provided for all resources!



➡️ Acrostic Snowball Writing

The snowball writing method will engage even your most reluctant writers in poetry writing in a low-stress and fun way. Students will get to crumple up their poems and throw them to the front of the room, so there will be instant engagement! This activity combines collaboration and acrostic poetry, and you will be amazed at what your students will create.

  • Detailed teacher instructions for how to implement this collaborative poetry writing activity in the classroom. The instructions include tips for running this successfully so that you receive high-quality acrostic poems.
  • 30 Different acrostic poetry writing pages with a variety of high-interest topics.


What teachers are saying about these activities to teach poem writing:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My students really liked this. Even the ones who said they didn't like poetry were engaged and seemed to be having fun with most of the activities.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was fantastic for my creative writing course. Especially with the slam poetry. Many of my students were reluctant to write poetry until we got to see what they could do with what they had learned up to that point. The assignments are fun and authentic to the student. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Presto plans are my go-to plans whenever I want to shake things up and get students excited. Great graphics and engaging activities to keep students learning. 100 % recommend!


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