Writingfix is sponsoring a Halloween poetry writing contest. It closes Oct 21, 2010.
You can also find Karen Mcgee's lesson for Halloween Hoots and Howls at Writingfix. I used her Halloween word bank as a starting place and then added other seasonal words. In th book there are several poems - that are great to share with students who cannot participate in holiday activities. I love the "Spider on the Ceiling". I then had the students fill out the Noun, Adjective, Verb chart in th lesson. I loved this lesson because it tied into what my 5th graders were learning in their classroom about parts of speech.
I used the ETTC (Educational Technology Training Center) poem templates to experiment with writing poetry. I only have one computer in my classroom so I put the poem template for "Noun + Adjective + Phrase = Poem". You can find it by name listed on the left side of the screen. I had my students to use the word bank and charts that they had made to write their poems. It makes for a great introduction.