Celebrate spring in the classroom with this set of unit plans for the entire month of April. With 20 days of engaging lesson plans, you and your students are all set for the entire month. This bundle includes four print-and-teach unit. Just download the units and get teaching! The units perfectly align with National Poetry Month, address critical ELA skills, and perfectly pair together!
This bundle includes:
• Poetry Writing Unit
-- This Poetry Writing Unit provides students with a deep understanding of the poetry genre as they read and write poetry. In the eleven-day unit, students write ten different types of poetry. (That means that there’s plenty of opportunities to excel at writing.) They’ll study figurative language, elements of poetry, and learn how to write 10 poems.
• Spring Poetry Analysis
-- Celebrate the spring season with five spring-themed poems in this hands-on and engaging 5-day poetry analysis unit. Each spring poem is accompanied by a 5-page interactive flip book that helps students deeply understand the poem.
• How to Study for a Test – Doodle and Do
-- This Study Skills resource is designed to help students develop skills for studying for tests. First, students will complete highly engaging Doodle Notes about 3 Easy Ways to Study for Tests. Then, students will practice the study skills at 5 fun Learning Stations.
• This or That Reading Response Prompts
-- This highly engaging and effective set of This or That Reading Response Prompts includes 40 reading prompt choices on 20 creative handouts. Each This or That Reading Prompt includes instruction (at the top of the worksheet) and then 2 reading response choices for students to showcase their learning. Students can complete one-a-day or you can add this resource to your existing reading program.
This bundle is part of this YEAR OF ELA INSTRUCTION!
The bundle includes 60 turn-key units that you can teach all year long! Units are bundled into monthly folders with a suggested scope and sequence. Your entire year is already planned for you! LEARN MORE HERE.
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• February Unit Plans Pack
• March Unit Plans Pack
• April Unit Plans Pack
• May Unit Plans Pack
• June Unit Plans Pack
• July / Summer Unit Plans Pack
• August Unit Plans Pack
• September Unit Plans Pack
• October Unit Plans Pack
• November Unit Plans Pack
• December Unit Plans Pack
Learn more about the units included in this bundle:
Poetry Writing Unit
– 11 Days – 95 pages
In the eleven-day unit, students write ten different types of poetry
. (That means that there’s plenty of opportunities to excel at writing.) They’ll study figurative language, elements of poetry, and learn how to write a poem. The individual poetry lessons and step-by-step writing guides help students to write traditional and modern poems. In addition to writing extensively, students will study the genre, its vocabulary, and read and discuss more than 40 poems. This unit develops students’ understanding of poetry and increases their confidence as readers and writers. The best part is that the engaging poetry lessons will turn your most reluctant writers into poetry enthusiasts!
Common Core Standards:
- W.3, W.5, W.6
- RL.4, RL.5, RL.6, RL.10
- L.3, L.5, L.6
In this Poetry Writing Unit, students will:
- Develop an understanding of the poetry genre
- Recognize the features of poetry
- Incorporate sensory details and figurative language into their writing
- Practice utilizing poetry skills such as rhythm, rhyming, and descriptive vocabulary
- Follow the writing process to write 10 original poems
- Share their writing and work with others
This detailed Poetry Writing Unit includes:
- Unit Overview
- Poems at a Glance
- 11 Daily Lesson Plans
- 13 Genre-Specific Vocabulary Words
- 13 Poetic Examples of the Vocabulary Words
- Poetry Writing Ideas
- Poetry Grade Record Sheet and Rubric
- Student Poetry Writing Packet:
* Poetry Web
* Poetry Writing Ideas
* Vocabulary and Example Worksheets
* 27 Sample Poems
* Step-by-Step Poetry Writing Guides: List Poem, Haiku, Extended Cinquain, Simile Poem, Poem for Two Voices, Remember When Poem, Rhyme Poem, Ugly Poem, Concrete Poem, Free Verse Poem
Spring Poetry Analysis
– 5 Days – 69 pages
Celebrate the spring season with five spring-themed poems in this hands-on and engaging 5-day poetry analysis unit
. Each spring poem is accompanied by a 5-page interactive flip book that helps students deeply understand the poem. As students progress through the analysis tasks on each page of their flip books, they not only dive deeper into the text, but they also develop an appreciation for closely reading poetry. Your students will love the interactive flip books and you’ll love how engaged students are while analyzing poetry.
Quick Poetry Unit
• Includes 5 poems all about spring written by diverse authors
• Each poem is accompanied by a five-page interactive flip book
• Lessons are easily adaptable to small group or partner work
• Lessons encourage repeated poetry readings to develop deep interpretation and comprehension
• The unit can be taught in succession or broken into individual lessons throughout the year (or spring season)
This detailed unit includes:
• 5 poems
• 20 close reading and analysis activities that can be assembled into interactive flip books
• Detailed instructional lesson plans
• Teacher keys for all student worksheets
Poems included in this unit:
• “Today” by Billy Collins
• “Spring Storm” by Jim Wayne Miller
• “In just” by E. E. Cummings
• “A light exists in spring” by Emily Dickinson
• “The Trees” by Philip Larkin
Skills developed in this unit:
• Close reading of complex texts
• Making inferences
• Identifying rhyme scheme
• Determining central ideas or themes in poetry
• Interpreting figurative language
• Responding to poetry
• Citing textual evidence to support poem analysis
• Writing analyses with sufficient evidence
• Participating in discussions and expressing ideas about poetry clearly
How to Study for a Test – Doodle and Do
- 3 days – 35 pages
We tell our students to study for tests all the time, but often we forget to teach them HOW to actually study! That’s where this Study Skills resource comes in. It’s designed to give students practical tips and tricks for studying for tests in ELA or any class! With this resource students will complete fun doodle notes (or sketch notes) and then rotate through fun learning stations.
This detailed resource includes:
• Doodle and Do Resource Overview
• Lesson Plan for Doodle Notes (along with detailed tips for each study technique)
• Learning Stations Tips and Tricks
• Doodle Notes (2-pages) on 3 Easy Ways to Study for Test (2 versions)
• Detailed Stations Set-Up and Task Guide for Teachers
• Learning Station Cards (5)
• Learning Station Sample Notes (Understanding Fiction, Capitalization of Names and Titles of Persons, Strategies for Reading Poetry, Determining Author’s Purpose)
• Learning Station Task Worksheets (Give notes a refresh, Create a memorable rhyme, Develop acronyms, Make your own quiz, Design a study skills bookmark)
• Alternate version of the Task Worksheets in case students will be using notes from the classroom instead of the sample notes
Reading Response Prompts
– Every Day – 36 pages
This highly engaging and effective set of This or That Reading Response Prompts
includes 40 reading prompt choices on 20 creative handouts. Each This or That Reading Prompt includes instruction (at the top of the worksheet) and then 2 reading response choices for students to showcase their learning. After reviewing each choice, students can choose to do the “This” activity or the “That” activity. The choices promote engagement and tap into multiple learning styles. They’re also fun to complete! Students have the opportunity to create top 10 lists, write emails to characters, award certificates, and more! All 20 of the This or That Reading Response Activities
can be taught with a single text or used throughout the year.
Reading Response Prompt Activities...
• Sentence Starters
• Illustrate with Textual Evidence
• Character Analysis
• Making Judgments
• Change Analysis
• Compare and Contrast
• Reading Response Prompts
• Imagine It!
• Email It!
• Visual Imagery
• Making Connections
• Opinions and Support
• Give a Gift
• What if?
• Make a List
• Written Response
• Character Switch-Up
• Letter Writing
This resource includes
• This or That Reading Response Prompts Overview (for teachers)
• About, Benefits, Assessment, and Implementation Overview (for teachers)
• This or That Reading Response Guide (for students)
• How To Complete a This or That Reading Prompt (for students)
• Textual Evidence Guide (for students)
• Reading Response Rubric
• 20 This or That Warm Ups (with 40 activities)
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