Poetry Stations

Students stay engaged and enthusiastic when they are inspired! 

We have used these poetry stations in seventh and eighth grades with general education, special education, and advanced students. The best part of implementing these stations was seeing how students cooperated and collaborated to assist each other as they composed, analyzed, and illustrated.

Before beginning stations, we showed the following Poetry Presentation and had students complete guided (fill-in) notes.

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Click for Poetry Presentation Guided Notes.

Station handouts can be downloaded by clicking on the "My Poetry Book" link.

Click to download Poetry Book Activities
 To make this station a little less time-consuming, we cut out headlines and articles for students to choose from. You will need magazines, scissors, tape, and/or glue.
 Ballads are poems that tell a story and contain a rhyme scheme. We used "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" theme to introduce ballad, and our examples used the same rhyme scheme and format. Students loved it!

Ballad Examples

Since limericks aren't nearly as tedious to create, this station requires that students compose two. We assigned one topic (very broad) and let them write the second on a topic of their choice. 

Limerick Examples
We merged the free verse and the imagery poems into one activity. Students must incorporate sensory images to describe a place (of their choice) using free verse. We adapted this station to a) use printed pictures for them to describe and b) put out an assortment of tangible objects for inspiration of a place.
Imagery Poem Examples
To incorporate a station activity that focused on a non-humorous mood and tone, we created the Dreadful Diamante Poem station. This station includes cause-and-effect relationships, parts of speech, alliteration, onomatopoeia, and word choice that conveys a sense of hurt or loss.

Don't stop scrolling just yet! We're not finished!

Here is ANOTHER book of poetry stations that focuses on more tactile activities than the writing activities above. Mix and match stations to accommodate the needs of your students!

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"A Poem that Speaks to Me" gives students the opportunity to flip through authentic texts of short poems and make a connection to an author's message.

The "Mood and Tone in Poetry" station instructs students to analyze the Langston Hughes poem Madam and the Rent Man. It is imperative that students understand how an author's word choice convey his tone, create a mood, and address a target audience.

In the "Mixed Up Lines" station, students have sheets with a variety of poetic lines, including imagery, similes, idioms, metaphors, and lines that incorporate poetic devices. Much like the "found poems," students create their own poems using the pre-written lines.
Another take on the "found poem," the "Magnetic Poetry
Station" provides words for students. At this station students
work cooperatively to create a poem that addresses
an emotion or topic.

One version of a finished Poetry Stations Book

Candace reviews the stations expectations with her seventh graders
before beginning rotations.

Poetry Poster station example

Magnetic Poetry station in action.

Limerick Student Sample.

Ballad Student Sample

Imagery Free Verse Student Sample.

Free Verse Student Sample

Limerick Student Sample

Student Limerick Sample

Found Haiku Student Sample

Limerick Student Sample

Limerick Student Sample
Mixed-Up Lines Station

Using authentic texts for inspiration

Example of the Mixed Up Lines station

The Found Haiku is a student favorite.

Students are proud of their station creations!

Poster Poem Student Sample

Using tangible objects for station inspiration is great for kinesthetic learners.

Which poem "speaks" to you?

Another approach! 

Online station for collaborative text coding:

Text Coding: Poetry

Skill Focus: Analyzing and Summarizing, Making Connections

Objective: Students will actively read and annotate poetry to improve comprehension.

Procedure:  At this station, students will need internet and computer access. Teacher will first model text-coding and annotating with mentor texts. After guided practice, students will work collaboratively online to text code and summarize.

Text Coding Handout

Text Coding Online Activity

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