Once a week, middle school students were assigned a poetry assignment that they would add to their Google Slide of Poems. Mrs. Cashen usually gave them a poem format that she wanted them to write in; and then two topics with a random fun one like Reese’s pencil, pigs, green Covid testing tent, etc. and then a more of a teacher topic like Spring.
Some of the formats were easy and some were far more challenging as time progressed. One of the most challenging formats was the ABAB CDCD EFEF GG, where lines A rhymed with lines A and so forth. Students were feeling like poetry should just flow out of their pencil or fingers from the first touch, but they were beginning to learn to erase/delete, and go back and revise their work. They were learning to write with a central topic and with meaning whether it be with emotion or a topic.