Review: Collaborative Comparison Poems on Teachers Pay
The Collaborative Comparison Poems activity is a free
download available on Teachers Pay Teachers. The activity is a poetry lesson
teaching students to write a comparison poem in groups (called “teams") or as a
whole class. The packet includes introductory material explaining comparison
poems and the different ways teachers can structure the collaboration. The
packet then lays out two suggested sequences for the lesson – one for a class
collaboration and one for a team collaboration. The idea is to have the class
as a whole write a poem one day, and then have a second session in which the
class is broken into groups.
In this lesson, the collaboration is laid out as each the
group picking a topic and then each student writing an individual stanza. The
stanzas are then put in an order determined by the group as a whole. The
comparison poem is one that uses an extended simile or metaphor comparing two
ideas. The chosen topic is compared to a new idea in each stanza.
Poetry is a fascinating, vast field of creative writing that
can evade some students. One of the benefits of this activity is the
opportunity to practice different aspects of poetry writing as part of a larger
whole unit. Collaboration in this particular project makes not only an actively
creative learning environment that will benefit students, but an interesting
final poem built on many different perspectives. Students will learn from each
other as they learn together.
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