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How to Write a Poem

Writing in English


Grades 9–12

In this lesson, students learn how to write a few different types of poems, including limericks and acrostic poems. They also learn about common elements found in poetic writing, such as metaphors and similes. After this lesson, your class can put together a poetry anthology.

  • rhyme
  • rhythm
  • syllable
  • illustration
  • antonym
  • good copy
  • rhyme scheme
  • meter
  • alliteration
  • simile
  • metaphor
  • stanza
PDF Content
  • warm-up
  • reading
  • vocabulary review tasks
  • comprehension
  • introduction to structured poems
  • writing practice
  • peer evaluation
  • group project
Task Content
  • Lesson Objective(Reference)
  • Writing Warm-Up(Open-Ended Questions)
  • Rhyme Vs. Rhythm(Reference)
  • Vocabulary Preview A(Matching)
  • Vocabulary Preview B(Matching)
  • Elements of Poetry(Reference)
  • Rhyming Poem(Reference)
  • Writing Task 1(Open-Ended Questions)
  • Acrostic Poems(Reference)
  • Writing Task 2(Open-Ended Questions)
  • Diamante Poems(Reference)
  • Limerick(Reference)
  • Writing Task 3(Open-Ended Questions)
  • Haiku(Reference)
  • Writing Task 4(Open-Ended Questions)
  • Comprehension(Open-Ended Questions)
  • Vocabulary Review(Multiple-Choice)
  • The 5 Senses(Open-Ended Questions)
  • Poetry Writing Checklist(Reference)
  • Assessment(Open-Ended Questions)