The Poetry Book Project

I assign the following poetry book project near the end of our poetry unit in order to make sure that students have mastered the appropriate state standards. For this project, students need to create a book of poetry on a chosen theme. The different required poems will measure the student’s competence in the state standards. I really like this project because students can be creative in fulfilling the project requirements.

Below are the requirements for the project. If you are interested in a sample of student work, please read the related post: Student Work for Poetry Book Project.

POETRY BOOK PROJECT

Students create a poetry book based upon a chosen theme or topic.

Standards:

ELA9RL1.3a- Student identifies effects of subject matter, sound devices, figurative language, structure in a variety of poems.

ELA9RL1.3b- Student sorts and classifies poems by specified criteria.

For this project, you will create a book of poetry on a chosen theme. First, choose a theme that interests you. This could be anything, from serious topics (like love or war) to less serious themes (X-Box 360 or the Boston Celtics). Each poem will be about this theme.

Each poem should be written on a separate sheet of paper, with a title and with its key characteristics underlined or highlighted in some way. Each poem should be decorated or accompanied by a picture. All poems should connect to the theme of the book.

1: Subject Matter/ Topic Poem- Make sure the poem is at least 10 lines and fits the requirements below. Choose one of the following types of poetry:

Narrative- a poem that tells a story
Lyric- a poem meant to express emotion

Dramatic- a poem with speakers speaking

2: Rhyme- Poem must be at least 10 lines. It must include both kinds of rhyme.

Internal Rhyme- inside a line

External Rhyme- at the end of the line

3: Sound- Write a poem that is at least 10 lines and includes at least 2 of the following.

Alliteration- repetition of consonant sounds at the start of a word

Onomatopoeia- “noise” words, like bang or plop

Rhyme Scheme- rhyme that follows a specific pattern

4: Figurative Language- Write a poem that is at least 10 lines and includes at least two of the following.

Personification- giving human attributes to something not human

Simile- comparison using “like” or “as”

Metaphor- direct comparison (not using “like” or “as)

Hyperbole- exaggeration

Symbolism- something that stands for something else

5: Syllable Count Poem Choose one of the following types of poetry.

Haiku- 5-7-5

Limerick- 9-9-6-6-9, a-a-b-b-a

Tanka- 5-7-5-7-7

Cinquain           Line 1: one word (noun); Line 2: 2 words (adjectives to describe 1);

Line 3: 3 action verbs about 1; Line 4: four feelings that relate to 1;

Line 5: 1 synonym to line 1

6: Shape or Concrete Poem Choose one of the following types of poetry.

Shape- in the shape of its subject

Acrostic- when you read down the starting letters of each line, it is the subject of the poem

Diamonte- line 1 – one noun (subject #1)

line 2 – two adjectives (describing subject #1)
line 3 – three participles (end in-ing, tell about subject #1)
line 4 – four nouns (first two relate to subject #1, second two relate to subject #2)
line 5 – three participles (end in -ing, tell about subject #2)
line 6 – two adjectives (describing subject #2)
line 7 – one noun (subject #2)

7: Structure Choose one of the following types of poetry.

Elizabethan sonnet- 14 lines, abab cdcd efef gg

Italian sonnet- 14 lines, abbaabba cdecde

8: Found Poem- Find a poem on your subject, either in a book or on the Internet. Print it out.

9: Reflection- Read over your poetry book and complete the reflection.

10: Student Comments- Have two students read your book and complete the comments.

If you don’t understand how to write any of these poems, do some research. Your book and the Internet are good places to find information.
My Reflection

What was your best poem from this book? Why?

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What was your weakest poem? How could you improve it?

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Student Comment #1

Name: ________________________________

What poem was your favorite? Why? ______________________________________________________________________________

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What was the best line? Copy it down here. Why did it stand out? ______________________________________________________________________________

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How could this book be improved?

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Student Comment #2

Name: ________________________________

What poem was your favorite? Why? ______________________________________________________________________________

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What was the best line? Copy it down here. Why did it stand out? ______________________________________________________________________________

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How could this book be improved?

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About marcgraci

Marc Graci is an educator currently based out of Salinas, CA. He currently teaches English Language Development and Pre-Algebra courses to 7th and 8th graders.
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