Poems, Drama, Prose Terms


The lesson introduces students to the major terms of poems, drama, and prose.  It is most likely students know the basic terms and have had the opportunity to read each type of text, but are unaware of the term, meanings.  Students should become aware of the terms not only when reading the text types, but it will help when they must write their own poem, drama, or prose.

Poems, Drama, Prose Terms Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Poems, Drama, Prose Terms
  • Many Homework Pages for students to practice on using Poems, Drama, Prose Terms
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Built for Grade 3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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The lesson introduces students to major vocabulary terms related to poems, drama and prose. Some of the vocabulary included: stanza, verse, script, character, setting, plot, and point of view. The vocabulary will be useful when students are analyzing literature and writing their own texts. The lesson may be used in conjunction with other related ELA lessons.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:  

  1. Display the following terms: rhyme, dialogue, plot.  Ask students:  What is the difference or the same about each term?  What do you think of when you hear the terms?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if they can explain the difference between a poem, a drama (play), and prose (stories, etc.).
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Poems, Drama, Prose Terms to the class.
  4. Distribute Poems, Drama, Prose Terms content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Use current reading content during the lesson.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Review the questions and give examples if necessary before students begin working on their own.  Allow sufficient time for students to complete the work.
  6. Once completed, students share the responses aloud with the class. Correct where necessary, allowing students to critique each other’s responses.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  9. In closing, ask students: Which type of writing is your favorite, poetry, drama, or plays, and why?  What is your least favorite type?  Why?
  10. Allow for responses and discussion. In addition, ask students to identify favorite titles or least favorite titles.  Further ask students:  What makes a good poem, drama, or story?

Common Core State Standards:


(Also, may be used for RL.4.5)

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade


Language Arts