Poetry is still a hot subject in 6th grade! Poems can still be engaging and fun for your students. Sixth grade takes on a few more serious common core standards, but that doesn't take away from the importance socially and emotionally for your students.
Sixth grade is a time when students are beginning to really create their own poems and analyze poems intricately. Help students understand poems and the structure of different poems.
We've created a list of all the different styles of poetry! Hitting literary elements along with poetic structures. You'll find something on this list for even your most difficult students.
1. Ode to My Shoes By: Francisco X. Alarcon
2. The Walrus and the Carpenter By: Lewis Carroll
3. Lend a Hand By: Anonymous
4. Amazing Grace By: John Newton
5. My Excuse By: Kenn Nesbitt
6. Keep A-Pluggin' Away By: Paul Laurence Dunbar
7. The Sidewalk Racer By: Lillian Morrison
8. My Friend By: Ella Wheeler
9. Oranges By: Gary Soto
10. The Raven By: Edgar Allen Poe
11. Fernando the Fearless By: Kenn Nesbitt
12. Willow and Ginkgo By: Eve Marriam
13. I Hear America Singing By: Walt Whitman
14. I, Too By: Langston Hughes
15. The Road Not Taken By: Robert Frost
16. The Brown Thrush By: Lucy Larcom
17. The Sandpiper By: Celia Thaxter
18. Melvin the Mummy By: Kenn Nesbitt
19. My. Nobody By: Anonymous
20. The Wind By: Robert Louis Stevenson
21. Jabberwocky By: Lewis Carroll
22. A House, A Home By: Lorraine M. Halli
23. Godfrey Gordon Gustavus Gore By: William Brighty Rands
24. When We Two Parted By: George Gordon Byron
25. The Charge of the Light Brigade By: Alfred, Lord Tennyson
26. The Brook By: Lord Alfred Tennyson
27. A Strange Old Man Fell Out of Bed By: Kenn Nesbitt
28. Contentment By: Edward Dyer
29. Nothing Gold Can Stay By: Robert Frost
30. There Are Birds Here By: Jamaal May
31. We Wear the Mask By: Paul Laurence Dunbar
32. Another Reason Why I Don't Keep a Gun in the House By: Billy Collins
33. The Inchcape Rock By: Robert Southey
34. Still I Rise By: Maya Angelou
35. So You Want to Be a Writer? By: Charles Bukowski
There are so many reasons to include Poetry in your classroom. Here's a list of some great poems to create lessons with and bring to your students. They are fun, engaging and will surely promote reading, speaking, and listening skills.
These short texts will feel much less intimidating than a novel would. Making less of a focus on the actual reading, but rather on comprehension. Students should see reading as an enjoyable activity you can make that happen through poetry!
Take all of these amazing poems into consideration, read them yourself, look up some activities. The good news is most of these already have activities out there.