Elements of Poetry Anchor Chart and Introduction to Poetry Slideshow Lesson

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8th - 11th
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This introduction to poetry lesson is perfect for exploring the elements of poetry - teach the basic structure of poetry with the elements of poetry anchor chart and interactive slideshow provided with this resource. Includes digital worksheets for Google Classroom®!

Included with this Introduction to Poetry Lesson:

✏️ Introduction to Poetry Slideshow Lesson - Microsoft PowerPoint® and Google Slides®

✏️ Guided Note for Slideshow Lesson - Digital & Print

✏️ Elements of Poetry Anchor Chart Activity - Digital & Print

✏️ Answer Key for Consolidating this Activity- Ready-to-Print

✏️ Teacher Instructions for using this resource

How to use this Introduction to Poetry Lesson:

This lesson explores common poetic forms and solidifies students' understanding of the elements of poetry.

↠ Begin this lesson with the interactive Introduction to Poetry Slideshow. Students will be prompted to call forward their background knowledge of poetry from previous learning. They will also compare poetry to expository forms of writing to differentiate between the elements of poetry and other writing styles. 

↠ This slideshow will also introduce key terminology, including meter, verse, and stanza.

↠A guided note has been provided to support student engagement and retention of the content within this lesson.

↠ Students will then complete the elements of poetry vocabulary activity, which will introduce 16 different poetic elements and forms. They will be prompted to find a formal definition for each poetic form and to paraphrase this definition to solidify their understanding. They will also be prompted to find an example to demonstrate each form.

↠ The elements of poetry in this lesson include:

  • Blank Verse
  • Rhymed Verse
  • Free Verse
  • Stanza
  • Meter
  • Rhyme
  • Scheme
  • Narrative Poem
  • Haiku
  • Pastoral Poem
  • Sonnet
  • Lyric
  • Ode
  • Limerick
  • Ballad
  • Soliloquy

↠ You can facilitate this activity independently or collaboratively. To assign it independently, you can provide each student with their own elements of poetry vocabulary workbook.

↠ As a collaborative activity, you can divide students into groups and have each group explore a single term. Then, have each group present their term to the class before adding their word to the bulletin board.

↠ Once you have completed this activity, you will have a useful element of poetry anchor chart for your classroom!

↠ As always, a comprehensive answer key has also been provided to consolidate this activity. 

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To access the digital versions of these resources, simply follow the instructions within the resource to copy the files directly to your Google Drive®.

This resource is included in Mondays Made Easy's Introduction to Poetry Unit.


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Total Pages
12 slides, 37 pages, 3 Google Slides® files
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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