Poetry Writing Assignment
Directions: Write your own original poem, following these rules:
- Your poem should be written in free verse – this means you are not bound by a specific set of rules, rhyme scheme, meter, or rhythm. ***Your poem can rhyme if you want it to, but you do not have to follow a specific pattern.***
- Your poem must be at least 10 lines long.
- You must incorporate at least 3 of the following literary/poetic devices:
- You must highlightor boldeach of the devices you use in your poem
- You must complete the chart on page 3 for each device you used in your poem
**You will complete everything in this document: poem and chart. Scroll down to read the rest.**
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Use this page to write your poem!
See the rubric on page 4 to see how your poem will be graded. The poem is worth 20 points!!
Complete the chart for each of your literary/poetic devices!
The boxes will expand as you type. Please be thorough in your explanation! The chart is worth 15 points!!
|Literary/Poetic Device||Example from your Poem||Explanation|
|Example: Allusion||Example: “the goat-footed balloonman whistles far and wee…”||Example: This is an allusion to Pan, the Greek god, who is associated with spring. This allusion highlights the importance of the balloonman as he is the symbol of spring in the poem. Pan’s story says that he makes the creatures of the forest dance with his song. Similarly, the children dance and run towards the balloonman as he whistles.|
1 – 2 pts.
2 – 3 pts.
|Accomplished 3 – 4 pts.||Exemplary
4 – 5 pts.
|Form||Style is not apparent and there are less than 10 lines.||Style is unclear and there are less than 10 lines.||Style is clear and there are at least 10 lines.||Stylistically sophisticated and there are at least 10 lines.|
|Word Usage||Student’s use of vocabulary is very basic.||Student’s use of vocabulary is more telling than showing.||Student’s use of vocabulary is routine and workable.||Student’s use of vocabulary is precise, vivid, and paints a strong, clear, and complete picture in the reader’s mind.|
|Poetic/Literary Devices||Uses 1 or less poetic devices.||Uses 1 – 2 poetic devices that may or may not reinforce the theme.||Uses 3 poetic devices to reinforce the theme.||Effectively uses 3 or more poetic devices to reinforce the theme.|
|Effort||Student work lacks understanding of the assignment.||Student’s work demonstrates some understanding of the assignment.||Student’s work demonstrates an understanding of the assignment.||Student’s work demonstrates a complete understanding of the assignment and goes beyond the minimal requirements, including meeting the due date for the assignment.|
TOTAL SCORE POEM: _______/20
TOTAL SCORE CHART: _______/15