Using Lewis Carroll's poem Jabberwocky, students will try to infer the parts of speech and meanings of nonsense words. Then they can try their hand at their own nonsense poems.
Edgar Allen Poe's *The Raven* is a wonderfully complex poem with a rich tone. It's perfect for pushing students' understanding of poetry beyond the ABAB rhyme scheme.
Pamela Barnes digs into the theme of a mysterious poem with her middle schoolers.
Students will summarize plots, character journeys, and specific dramatic moments using haiku.
Terri Eichholz explains how her students took prose, created found poetry, and then turned that into a parallel poem.
Pamela Barnes explains how she uses nursery rhymes to teach subtext in writing, even to middle school students!
Have students analyze Dr. Seuss poetry to learn how to mimic his style, then write a Seuss-y poem to show their understanding of grade level content.
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