I love teaching poetry. It is one of the easiest ways to bring out the creativity in all of your writers. The shorter length is perfect for struggling writers and these templates will help them know that they have everything they need. This also allows them time to really use the writing process and reread and edit what they have written. Knowing the parts of speech they are looking for lets them use resources effectively.
Here are 5 Poetry Styles to engage those struggling writers:
A Haiku is a Japanese style of poetry that typically focuses on the topic of nature. A hiaku is made up of 3 lines. The first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the third line has 5 syllables. Haikus are an excellent way to help struggling writers chose strong nouns and verbs to describe their subjects.
A Cinquain poem is a 5-line poem using nouns, verbs, and adjectives to describe a topic. It ends with a phrase about the topic and a synonym for the topic. Struggling writer’s can learn to build supporting details and expand their word choice and parts of speech understanding with Cinquain poems.
Acrostic poems build off of the letters of a specific word.
A diamante poem is a 7-line poem that uses nouns, verbs, and adjectives to compare and contrast two topics.
Shape poems allow students to add their artistic creativity to the writing process.
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