Review: Collaborative Comparison Poems on Teachers Pay Teachers

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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Written by Bryan Cohen

Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 20,000 copies. You can find him on and Facebook.
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