Thank you Grass Roots Books and Corvallis Poets!
Concrete poem of a pressed leaf, clothed in its springtime green. This poem was just featured on the website of our local Corvallis, Oregon bookstore, Grass Roots Books and Music (click the link be…
How to Write a Concrete Poem
What is a Concrete Poem? Concrete poetry—sometimes also called ‘shape poetry’—is poetry whose visual appearance matches the topic of the poem. The words form shapes which illustrate the poem’s subject as a picture, as well as through their literal meaning. This type of poetry has been used for thousands of years, since the ancient Greeks... Read more »
Make Poetry Fun with Blackout Poetry
Even though I incorporate poetry in my instruction throughout the year, whenever I teach my poetry unit, students always seem to moan and groan. It seems as if many students don’t like poetry, so I end my poetry unit with a fun poetry project that students love: Blackout Poetry. If your students have never encountered Blackout Poetry before, they will love this assignment. I incorporate this project with literature we’ve previously read in class. Since my poetry unit coincides with National…
The Literary Maven: Collaborative Poetry: Bring Students' Voices Together Through Group Writing
Incorporate opportunities for collaborative writing in your classroom by using collaborative poetry. Students will first write individually from a character's perspective and then work together as a group to create a communal piece of writing.