Elements of Poetry Unit for Middle School Students Bundle

Grade Levels
5th - 8th
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Why do we often submit our students to long, dull, (dare I say, torturous) poetry units that they hate? Why not make poetry as fun and exciting as it has the potential to be?

This unit does just that! Inside this .pdf file you will find 10 elements of poetry lesson plans and activities plus a pre and post test. Each lesson comes with everything you need (from links to engaging Google Slides Presentations to note sheets to assignments to answer keys and rubrics) to make your class's poetry study appealing to middle school students!

Save your time and sanity and download this bundle TODAY! :)

These products can be used both in the classroom and digitally via Easel or Google Slides!

Through humorous examples and creative projects, students are engaged as they learn numerous poetic elements and devices. I've also included enough of the "classical" poetry teaching style to expose your students to the full spectrum of poetry. Activities refer to poems by diverse authors on a wide variety of subjects!

Download the free preview to see a sample Slides presentation, lesson outline, and activities.


Unit Outline:

Poetry Pretest

Lesson 1: Poetry 101 - Strategies for Reading Poetry

Lesson 2: Topic and Theme in Poetry

Lesson 3: Analyzing Imagery in Poetry

Lesson 4: Similes and Metaphors in Poetry

Lesson 5: Extended Metaphors in Poetry

Lesson 6: Personification in Poetry

Lesson 7: Alliteration in Poetry (also available as a free download)

Lesson 8: Onomatopoeia in Poetry

Lesson 9: Hyperbole and Idioms in Poetry

Lesson 10: Strategies for Poetry Analysis

Test Review Activity

Final Poetry Test

What's Included:

  • General Teacher Guidelines and Instructions
  • Lesson outlines with step-by-step teacher instructions (one for each lesson).
  • Link to Engaging Google Slides Presentation that will guide you and your students through the lessons and the activities (one for each lesson).
  • Teacher Modeling and Guided Practice built into Slides Presentation.
  • Class Discussion Points.
  • Independent Practice Activities.
  • Creative Assignments.
  • Answer Keys.
  • Grading Rubrics.
  • Instructions for accessing Google Slides Presentation
  • Instructions for saving Google Slides Presentation as a PowerPoint Presentation.

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Total Pages
100+ Pages 200+ Slides
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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