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Grade 9 Poetry Project

Learning Targets:
I can reflect upon and write about what makes me a distinct person (image
bearer).
I can express thoughts about myself by using language creatively.
Outcome:
Using poetry, you will explore different writing techniques and use these
techniques to write a series of poems that reflects an aspect of your
personality. These poems will be collected in an anthology that will be
presented to the class and possibly to others.
Method:
1. Choose a theme for your poetry. Think about an activity you enjoy, a
hobby that you enjoy, a person that is important to you, a family tradition
anything that interests you and makes up a big part of your life and who you
are as a person.
2. Throughout the unit you will write the following types of poems about
your theme.
Ballad
Imagery Poem
Extended Metaphor Poem
Personification Poem
Question Poem

Sonnet
Villanelle
Apostrophe Poem
Your Choice
Your Choice

3. These poems will be revised by classmates and your teacher and then
compiled into a book.
Assignment:
1. Create a book of poems that are about one aspect of who you are as a
person. The book must include:
- 10 original poems on your theme
- a neat cover page
- at least three illustrations/pictures that relate to your theme
The book must be neat and presentable. It should be good enough to share
with others.
2. Share three of your favourite poems with the class during a classroom
poetry jam.
Theme

Use the space provided to write the theme of your original poem
assignments:
______________________________________________________________________________

Poems

Name: ____________________________

1 missing
expectations
Does not follow form
and lacks creativity

2 approaching
expectations
Mostly follows form
and is somewhat
creative

Imagery is
uncreative and very
clichd.
Extended metaphor
is not
apparent/understood
by the reader. Very
clichd.
Personification is not
apparent/understood
by the reader. Very
clichd.
Poem contains at
least four rhetorical
questions but they
are clichd or not
connected to the
theme of the poem.
Does not follow form
and lacks creativity

Utilizes imagery but


is somewhat clichd.

3 meeting
expectations
Follows form
(rhythm and rhyme
scheme) and is
creative
Utilizes imagery in a
creative way.

Extended metaphor
is apparent though
somewhat clichd.

Extended metaphor
is obvious and
unique/creative.

Personification is
apparent though
somewhat clichd.

Personification is
obvious and
unique/creative.

Poem contains at
least four rhetorical
questions.

Poem contains at
least four
interesting and
creative rhetorical
questions.

Mostly follows form


and is somewhat
creative

Villanelle

Does not follow form


and lacks creativity

Mostly follows form


and is somewhat
creative

Apostrophe Poem

Poem does not use


apostrophe
appropriately and is
clichd.

Poem uses
apostrophe and is
somewhat creative in
its use of language

Chosen Poem

Does not follow any


specific form and
lacks creativity
Does not follow any
specific form and
lacks creativity

Mostly follows form


and is somewhat
creative
Mostly follows form
and is somewhat
creative

Follows form
(rhythm and rhyme
scheme) and is
creative
Follows form
(rhythm and rhyme
scheme) and is
creative
Poem uses
apostrophe
appropriately and is
creative in its use of
language
Follows appropriate
form and is creative

Ballad

Imagery Poem

Extended Metaphor

Personification Poem

Question Poem

Sonnet

Chosen Poem

Follows appropriate
form and is creative

/30
Comments:

Book:

Presentation

Cover

Illustrations/Phot
os

1missing
expectations

2 approaching
expectations

3 nearly meets
expectations

Book lacks
creativity and
neatness. Poems
are collected by
not neat. The
books
construction does
not really relate
to the content of
the book.

Book lacks
creativity but is
very neat. Poems
are presented in
a conventional
way. Book is
orderly but order
not connected to
the theme of the
book.

Book is mostly
creative and
mostly neat. The
collection of
poems is
presented in an
orderly way. The
construction of
the book
somewhat relates
to the theme of
the book.

1 missing
expectations
Cover is messy or
uncreative and
does not relate
directly to the
content of the
book.
Illustrations/Phot
os do not relate
directly to the
content of the
book or are
uncreative/stock
images.

2 approaching
expectations
Cover is fairly
neat, somewhat
creative and may
relate to the
content of the
book.
Illustrations/Phot
os relate
somewhat to the
content of the
poems and are
somewhat
creative.

3 meeting
expectations
Cover is neat,
creative, and
relates to the
content of the
book.

4 fully
meets
expectations
Book is
creative
and neat.
The
collection of
poems is
presented in
an original
way. The
construction
of the book
relates to
the theme
of the book.

Illustrations/Phot
os relate to the
content of the
poems and are
creative.

/10
Presentation
Three Poem
Presentation

1
Poems read
without
confidence,
drama or
feeling.

2
Poems read
mostly
without
confidence,
drama or
feeling.

3
Poems read
somewhat
confidently,
dramatically
and with
feeling.

4
Poems read
mostly
confidently,
dramatically
and with
feeling.

5
Poems read
confidently,
dramatically
and with
feeling.

/5