Boldly and confidently introduce students to the world of poetry with our engaging Poetry Introduction Lesson Plan. Pique student interest and expand their exposure to a variety of poetry forms with the engaging activities while also providing experiential learning as student practice identifying and matching the various forms. This lesson also stimulates creativity, strengthens written expression and leverages peer learning as students write and share their own poems.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
1. Call students to the carpet/front of the room to sit together. If they have, Say, “Today, we’re going to begin exploring poetry. Ask for students to share examples or titles of poems the have heard/enjoyed. “Poetry has many different forms, and can convey many emotions, stories, and thoughts using the best parts of language. Poetry is designed to be read aloud and shared. Some poetry is very simple, and some is very sophisticated. We’re going to begin a short poetry unit, and create our own poetry journals.”
2. As your students are older, have them begin by brainstorming a list of poetry forms they are familiar with, such as acrostic poems, couplets, tercets, cinquains, quintets, limericks, epics, haikus, blank verse, sonnets, diamante, and others. You can explore different types of poetry examples here: https://www.youngwriters.co.uk/glossary-poetry-types and http://www.poemofquotes.com/articles/poetry_forms.php .
3. After brainstorming a list of poems, share a selection of three different forms of poetry found on the example page, or use other poems if you choose.
4. Have your students work with a partner to complete the poetry webquest on Activity Page One- This will help students explore forms of poetry and read age appropriate examples of poetry.
5. Divide the class in four small groups to share their findings and discuss the examples they read.
6. Call students back to the carpet as a whole class and tell them that today they will discuss some of the most common forms of poetry and write their characteristics. You can decide which poetry forms you prefer to share with your students, but the following anchor chart contains ten examples I recommend.
7. Use the poetry examples you chose (or the ones listen on the anchor chart) and have students match the poem examples on the Practice page with definitions from the anchor chart.
8. Now that students have explored examples and definitions, they should be encouraged to write and share their own poems. They will create a poetry journal that includes definitions, printed examples from online websites, and their own poetry.
9. Create poetry journals: Take two pieces of plain white paper as a front and back cover. Put between ten and twenty sheets of loose leaf lined paper between them, then staple into a book form. Students will write final copies of their own poems on these pages, and paste copies or poems they have read and printed on these sheets as well.
10.Gives students one or two class periods to work on poetry journals.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.10, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.5,
Class Sessions (45 minutes): 4-5
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