One technique for learning about poetry is called copy change. In a copy change, students write a new poem based on the form and/or ideas of an established poem. Here is an example from Vanessa.
1. Math Mr. Spaulding: no homework.
Miss W: no homework.
Mrs. Thompson: p. 456-457.
Mrs. Leone: practice test.
2. Describe your favorite movie.
3. Get parent initials.
4. Read for half an hour.