Looking at my stats page, I’ve noticed quite a few searches for teaching poetry. I have no idea what people are specifically looking for, but I had a thought from the distant past. Distant in the idea that I wrote a poetry unit called “The Coffee House” for the 6th grade Core Knowledge curriculum. It was awarded the gold star and labeled as an example for other unit writers. It turned in to a community event for our 6th graders (when I taught sixth grade…way back 3 years ago). Families brought in lamps that we plugged in around the gym. We had a program and each student read a poem that they wrote during the unit. This coincided with the school art show and some brownies. What a great event. I haven’t quite been able to duplicate it at the high school level yet. Anyways, I don’t know if this can help any of you, but you can download the entire unit (with lesson plans) here (pdf).
[EDIT] The link to the lesson plan was not working, but the Core Knowledge website is back up so the link should work again.