ALEX Learning Activity


Playing with Poetry the Interactive Way

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Karen Pearson
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 111
Playing with Poetry the Interactive Way
Digital Tool/Resource:
Poetry Idea Engine: A Writing With Writers Activity
Web Address – URL:

This interactive activity challenges students to write haikus, free verse, limericks, and more.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
8 ) Differentiate among odes, ballads, epic poetry, and science fiction. (Alabama)

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 7
5 ) Analyze how a drama's or poem's form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning. [RL.7.5]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 8
8 ) Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new. [RL.8.9]

NAEP Framework
Anchor Standard::
Anchor Standard 9: Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Cognitive Target::
Consider Text(s) critically to evaluate the author's perspective or point of view within or across texts, take different perspectives in relation to a text, and compare or connect ideas, problems, or situations.
NAEP Descriptor::
Provide and support an opinion about relation of ideas in story and poem. (Critique and Evaluate)

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 8
9 ) By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of Grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently. [RL.8.10]

Learning Objectives:

Students will:

  • identify unique characteristics of the poetry genre
  • practice poetry writing skills such as rhythm, rhyming, and descriptive vocabulary
  • create poetry using a list of generated ideas
  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Before/Engage, During/Explore/Explain

Introduce various types of poetry by displaying the interactive activity entitled Poetry Idea Engine.

  • recall prior knowledge of poetry formats
  • display the poetry engine on their computer or on an interactive white board
  • select the type of poem to write
  • read the information and then create their own poems by choosing from given words
Assessment Strategies:

During discussion of the activities, determine if the students are able to generate their own poetry without the help of word choices.

Instruct students to write their own poetry.

Advanced Preparation:

Access activity prior to beginning the activity.

Ensure all technical specs of the equipment are up to date.

Flash player must be installed to use this program.

Printer or PDF creator is optional.




Variation Tips (optional):

After the students have used the Poetry Engine, have them create each of the different types of poetry on their own.

Notes or Recommendations (optional):

Although at a glance this seems a little young for middle school students, they will enjoy the interactive aspect of the activity.

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