Concept Poetry


Tip: Concept Poetry

How do I do it?
Students are given a concept or topic (e.g. rainforest, food, democracy, freedom, the color green, parabolas, elegance, etc.).  Whole class, small groups, pairs, or individual students brainstorm a list of 3-10 adjectives.  Next, write a 3 line haiku on the topic with 5 syllables in the first line, then 7 syllables in the second, and then 5 syllables in the last line.  (Hint: SYL-LA-BLE has 3 syllables - clapping when saying a word will help students count the number of syllables.)  For example, for the topic teaching:
knowledge will free you
hold my hand and we’ll learn
so you can fly on

Variations & Extensions
Write a pictorial poem of three lines with 3 pictures of items that they think of when they think of the concept or  topic. (Students can dictate what the items are to include words.)  Students trade poems or read them to a partner.

Common Core ELA Writing Standard 4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Common Core ELA Language Standard 1&3
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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