Bring poetry and figurative language back to basics with this collection of poems and activities that correlate with Common Core Standards. I created my own simple poems, so that I could really focus on the poetry elements that I needed to teach. I feel that students should start with the basics, and then they can move on to longer, deeper, and more difficult poems. Students will answer questions and respond to the poems. Students will have the opportunity to add to a given poem, and they will also be prompted to create his/her own poem. Answer key is provided.
Elements of poetry:
Figurative Language (similes, metaphor, onomatopoeia, and idiom)
RL.4.2- Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
RF.4.4- Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
a. Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
b. Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
c. Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.
RL.4.5- Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about text.
RL.4.10- By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
L.4.5- Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meaning
Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors (e.g., as pretty as a picture) in context.
Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms adages, and proverbs.