When introducing poetry, I often hear the moans of discontent. Why?
Poetry carries some kind of stigma of being "useless" and "not important" and "difficult"
Well... yes... I guess for some those are true. But my goal when teaching poetry is to make it none of those things.
A starter to poetry that I used last year while teaching Grade 9s was to let them go through poetry anthologies, or online, and find 5 poems they liked and answer a few questions about why they liked them. This helped put poetry control back in their hands.
Another way to introduce poetry is by playing a song or letting them choose a song and bringin song lyrics. Most are surprised at how many literary devices are used in songs.
My teacher friend who I taught with last year used "My heart's a stereo" as
Here are some links to sites with poetry lesson plans for all ages:
www.teachingliterature.org/.../pdf/poetry/poetry_deshotels.pdf (Grade 10 unit but adaptable)
Last year I did this post with some poetry ideas for TTOCs and classroom teachers.