Poetry Lesson Plans by Taylor Mali
Use these printable lesson plans by Taylor Mali, author of the viral poem "What Teachers Make," to help each student discover the poet within. These poetry lessons encourage creative writing and thoughtful reflection on the works of Taylor Mali. Give students a fresh take on original poetry with playful prompts and fun activities. From writing and evaluating metaphors to discussing the perceived meaning of written and spoken poetry, these lesson plans are a refreshing addition to your English language arts curriculum.
- Answer to an Unasked Question
Most poems are, on some level, the answer to a question that you might not have heard asked. In this poetry activity, have students pick a question from the list and model how they might answer it in a playfully inventive way that leads to an original poem.
- Build a Better Metaphor
In this poetry lesson plan, introduce (or re-familiarize) your students with metaphors. Then, encourage them to get creative and write their own and share them with the class. They'll use their favorite metaphor in an original poem.
- The "I Remember" Poem
Students use personal experience to write creatively in this poetry lesson plan. They'll think back and choose a dozen memories of varying lengths to include when writing their own poems about people, places, events, sensory experiences, and more.
- TeacherVision Interviews Author Taylor Mali
Taylor Mali, author of the viral poem "What Teachers Make," sat down with TeacherVision to talk about his new book inspired by the poem: What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World.
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