Elements of Poetry Unit - Poem Writing with Figurative Language Anchor Charts

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I purchased this unit after downloading her free Poetry Unit Sample. It has been a great resource to explore different writing styles with my special education students.
I use this pack every year for my poetry unit. It has everything you need to touch all 1st grade standards plus MORE. It is perfect.


Teaching students to comprehend and write using different elements of poetry and figurative language has never been easier. Students will practice both reading and writing poems through the use of these helpful types of poems and figurative language anchor charts, posters and templates. This one month poetry unit covers ALL of your poetry teaching needs.

Elements of Poetry - Poems Covered:

  • ABC Poem
  • Acrostic Poem
  • Autobiographical Poem
  • Ballad Poem
  • Chant Poem
  • Cinquain Poem
  • Color Poem
  • Diamante Poem
  • Haiku Poem
  • Limerick Poem
  • Lune Poem
  • Ode Poem
  • Shape Poem
  • Tanka Poem

Figurative Language Covered:

  • Alliteration
  • Rhyme
  • Repetition
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Personification
  • Metaphor
  • Hyperbole
  • Simile

Elements of Poetry Vocabulary Words Included:

  • Stanza
  • Line
  • Rhythm
  • Poem
  • Story
  • Song
  • Mood
  • Imagery
  • Point of View
  • Theme
  • Senses
  • Tone

Check out the first sample lesson on ABC poems for free.

Each element of poetry or figurative language lesson includes:

  • An anchor chart explaining the poetry element
  • 2 poetry templates to write your own poems
  • A poem fluency, poetry comprehension and imagery practice page
  • A blank page for students' poetry books

This 180+ Document Includes:

  • A 2 Page Teaching/Pacing Guide
  • 22 Anchor Charts (full color and black and white)
  • 22 Writing Templates (full color and black and white)
  • 24 Page Poetry Writing Book (full color and black and white)
  • Poetry Book Writing Rubric
  • 22 Reading Comprehension pages (full color and black and white)
  • 4 Pages of Vocabulary Practice (3 words per page) The vocabulary word cards each have the word, a definition and an example. These can be used as needed to teach students the vocabulary. They are not explicitly taught in the mini-lessons, as every class will need a different amount of time spent covering the words and a different approach to these words.

Do you want instructional videos to teach each poetry elements and figurative language for you? Upgrade to digital to get:

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  • DIGITAL Poetry Book for Students to Edit
  • Teacher Poetry Book Example

This unit was designed for first, second or third graders, but can be adapted for any elementary grade.

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Total Pages
180 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.
Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.


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