I know this isn't exactly what you're looking for, but I have an idea that may work great with your students. I actually teach a college course called "Rap, Rock and Poetry" which allows college students to delve into poetic devices and meter through song lyrics. It is super engaging for everyone because as one of the final papers is to write a poetry analysis on their favorite song. Some great artists to examine are Eminem (radio edits of course), Bob Dylan, and Billie Holiday (have your students read Strange Fruit and try to figure that one out). I incorporate some traditional poetry, but only after I increase the engagement by showing them that meter, rhythm, rhyme, sound devices, and all literary devices are tools that artists of all crafts use every day.
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Thanks for the great ideas and resources!
Are you looking for lesson plans or a bank of poems? Also, is the focus of your unit the study of or the writing of poetry? If writing, I have a terrific unit I've used over the years with all ability levels using mentor poems and lessons on meter, imagery, and form to guide students through the revision and rewriting process.
If you are still on this thread Jay I would like to see that unit. firstname.lastname@example.org
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