The Freedom of Free Verse Poetry

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SWBAT read, understand, and create free verse poems.

Big Idea

We are writing poetry to take all the way to the publishing stage of writing. Today we are writing free verse poems.


Lesson Opener

15 minutes

To introduce the students to concrete poetry, I will read to them some incredible examples of free verse poetry from "Love Songs for Sky Children: A Collection of Poetry and Free Verse" by Wesley Buniger.

I am hoping to inspire the students to create their own free verse poem masterpieces.

Buniger, W. (2010). Love Songs for Sky Children: A Collection of Poetry and Free Verse. WisconsinDels, WI : Endeavor Academy

I am excited to introduce Free verse poetry as "breaking all the rules!"  There are no rules in free verse poetry; no particular rhyme pattern or rhythm pattern.  

Group Project

15 minutes

Today we will work on the free verse poem section of their Pocket Poetry Guides.  We will read through the description page on free verse poems and also the steps on creating free verse poems.  We will then work together as a class to create a free verse poem together.  This will help them understand the steps to creating a free verse poem so that they can create a one on their own.

Individual Project

20 minutes

After we have created our class poem, I will then give students time to create their own free verse poem. As the students are working I will walk around helping those who need help coming up with ideas or need help in general. Those who finish quickly, I will challenge to write another free verse poem.  

During writing time, I always have the kids  keep what we call a level 0 voice.  Level 0 means that there is no voice at all.  It is quiet work time. I feel strongly that when students are asked to write, the environment needs to be one where they can think and not be distracted. Most of the time I encourage collaboration in my classroom, so a level 0 voice is not expected all the time, but it is during writing.

Lesson Closer

10 minutes

To wrap up our lesson, I will allow students who would like to share their poems to do just that. we have a castle theme in my classroom this year, so when I have the students share their writing they share from our royal reader thrown.  It gets kids excited about sharing their work.