This poetry lesson turned out really amazing, and it was super simple to prep and teach. I copied two pages from the book, Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen for each student. We used the same two pages for all of the students. The students then skimmed through the two pages from the book and circled about 25-30 words that they liked for any reason. They then used the circled words to write their own poem. They turned out really great!
We also talked about how reading poetry aloud was a type of performance art. Students then practiced reading their own poems as well as the poems of their classmates. They loved it!
You could do this with a selection from any novel!
Why not try found poetry writing in your classroom?