Ideas You Can Use For Writing and Analyzing Poetry Today!

Black Out Poetry

Check out this prezi on making black out poems!


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Texas Star Offerings that are written in verse!

A Lesson for Odes

I use these resources for teaching Odes. I begin with a strategy from Making Thinking Visible to get students thinking about what they will read called See Think Wonder. They will read 3 odes that have something to do with the pictures below.

After they read the odes by Gary Soto, they can respond by using the hexagon, focusing on the poem they liked best. It's a great way to get the students to practice literary analysis.

I also like reading the picture book about Pablo Neruda, a famous writer of odes.

Finally, I share Ode to a Commode and challenge students to write an ode of their own in that concrete poetic style.


An ode is a lyric poem typically of elaborate or irregular metrical form and expressive of exalted or enthusiastic emotion.

Pablo Neruda and Gary Soto are well known for their odes to ordinary things and finding beauty in their simplicity.


What do you see?

What do you think is going on?

What does it make you wonder?

Look at the photos above.

What do you notice about each one? (observations only)

Based on what you see/notice, what does it make you think? What kind of interpretations can we form based on our observations?

What do you wonder based on what you have seen and have been thinking?

Ode to Family Photograph by Gary Soto

Ode to La Tortilla by Gary Soto

Ode to the Sprinkler by Gary Soto

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The Best Part of Me

Using this book at the beginning of the year, not only was I able to get to know my students better, we created some beautiful poems that focused on what they considered to be their best parts. We took photos of their eyes, ears, heads, hands, etc. to go with their writing and displayed it in the room for Open House. It's one of my favorite projects so far. It worked well in pre-AP and on-level.
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Padlet Wall Instructions

Choose a poem lesson from the s'more and give it a try! Take a photo and post it on the padlet to share with the other teachers.

Google Form Instructions--This is How You Get Credit!!

Click the link below to access the Google form with a few quick questions to submit for credit for this course. Thanks!!