Recommended activities to teach your students poetry
Finally, let’s take a look at what activities you can hold for your students to help them appreciate poetry.
A great way to help them appreciate poems is to read it to them and then have them repeat it back to you. It is fun to chant poetry outloud especially if it is rhythmic.
Writing poems in class
Aside from listening to poems, you can help students to write their own poems. This starts by brainstorming what theme they want the poem to be. You can help them by thinking of what they did when they got home yesterday or using their five senses. Here is a resource I created to help you teach poetry writing using the five senses! Once they know what to write, guide them in writing a poem for their own until they’re done!
Spot the parts of a poem
The final activity I will recommend to you is letting your students break down the poem into parts. First, you separate it line by line and interpret its meaning. Second, guide them to notice how many lines there are in one stanza. Third, help them recognize the rhyming scheme.
You can have them do tasks such as:
1) Have students find the target letter in the poems.
2) Have students find the sight words in the poems.
3) Cut the poem up into sentences and have students arrange it in order.
4) Use the poem as a model to create their own poem.
5) Record themselves reciting the poem.
That’s the general gist of what poems are, its many forms, and its parts. There are also four out of the many poem books that you can read out to them as part of appreciating this form of literature. I hope that you will have a fun time introducing them to poems in to your students.
Which poems do your students like most? Comment it down below!