Here are some of the interesting examples of iambic pentameter from their work:
Right now I'm assigning a poem or two a week (they've done the "uncorrupted" poem I described earlier, sonnets, haikus, cinquains, and acrostics). This week they'll do a poem based on a memory as we work on imagery and appeals to the senses, and a limerick. On Friday, they type the poems into the computers in one of our computer labs and save them in a community folder. Then I can transfer the poems (without their names) into one document for discussion for the next week.
I saw a pig make flatulence at night
As spiders spin their shining webs of silk,
At peace, a world of crickets’ singing soft.
It fills me with an effervescent high
With what you give to me, I see your faults
I saw the darkest shadows creep last night.
They launch milk bombs and cheese curds with a gun.
I didn’t get the golden talent rod.
It's a great lesson. Any time I can work publishing into the kid's writing assignments, their level of involvement jumps up. An audience of just the teacher is a pretty low motivator.