Math Skills and Written Expression Strategy Strategy: The Math Poem Appropriate Grade Level: High School Procedures/Steps: By combining math terms and poetry writing, students can gain a new understanding of and appreciation for both topics. 1. Provide a list of math terms from which students may select a minimum number for their individual poems. 2. Differentiate by offering less advanced terms and poetry requirements to students at lower ability levels. 3. Students must write a poem about something other than math. 4. Give students several days to write first draft. 5. Have students revise their poems, on later revisions allow students to be more flexible with the number and form of math terms used. Comments and/or tips: Give students the opportunity to help form the list of words to be used. If the project is successful, expand project to allow students to use any word form of a particular math term. Source: Keller, R., & Davidson, D. (2001). The math poem: Incorporating mathematical terms in poetry. Mathematics Teacher, 94, 342 – 347.