Engage the imagination of young students while developing reading comprehension and critical thinking skills with our Poetry Lesson Plan. After successfully completing and studying this interactive lesson, students will be able to read various forms of poetry and identify rhyme and structural elements of poems. Students will also identify descriptive and figurative language in poems that create word pictures for readers. The concepts are solidified and writing skills are expanded as students create rhyming poems, acrostic poems, and bio poems. Students will also use descriptive language to compose a poem that creates a word picture.
Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction Sample:
- Call students to the carpet/front of the room to sit together. Ask students if they know what a poem is, or if they have heard poetry before. If they have, ask for students to share examples or titles of poems the have heard/enjoyed. Say, “Today, we’re going to begin exploring poetry. Here are some funny poems that you might have heard before. I want you to listen closely and at the end of the reading time, I want you to be able to share what you noticed.
- ”Read Shel Silverstein’s “I Cannot Go To School Today” from this website: https://www.poetrysoup.com/famous/poems/best/shel_silverstein. If you have paper copies of Dr. Seuss or Shel Silverstein’s works, feel free to use them if you prefer. Show students the poetry so that they can see the format.
- After reading, have a whole class discussion in which you ask students what things they noticed about these poems which were different from other types of writing. Lead your students to the topics of rhyming words and descriptive language. Explain that poetry doesn’t always have to rhyme, but creating rhyming verses is a good place to start. Additionally, discuss the structure and format of poetry, which is different from sentence and paragraph structure that is used in normal academic writing. Explain that typically in poetry a phrase that expresses a single thought is
used per line.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.10, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.10, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.
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