Poetry Standards

Well, there aren’t any poetry standards in the Common Core.  Here are the standards I use and the accompanying “I can” statements:

The Standards we use:

Students will…

  • Engage the reader by developing reader interest through the use of literary language, image, sound, rhythm, and/ or topic.
  • Develop a controlling idea that conveys a perspective on the subject.
  • Create an organizing structure appropriate to a specific purpose, audience and context.
  • Include appropriate words and details.
  • Exclude extraneous and inappropriate words and details.
  • Carefully choose every word.
  • Use a range of appropriate strategies such as alliteration, assonance, consonance, imagery, line breaks, similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, personification, repetition, rhyme, rhythm and literary language.
  • Provide a sense of closure to the writing.

 

The “I can” statements:

  • I can use beautiful language, images, sounds, rhythm to talk about my topic and get my reader’s attention because I don’t want them to be bored;
  • I can have one main idea that every part of the poem helps to explain/ describe;
  • I can use different poetry techniques (such as stanzas, line breaks, …) to organize my thoughts and help readers understand my poem;
  • I can keep in stuff that matters, stuff that is important;
  • I can take out stuff that doesn’t matter, that isn’t important;
  • I can choose every word I use very carefully;
  • I can use good poetry writing strategies such as alliteration, assonance, consonance, imagery, line breaks, similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, personification, repetition, rhyme, rhythm and beautiful language
  • I can have a good ending to my poem.
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