With this free poetry lesson, use inquiry to make reading poetry fun and meaningful.
In this lesson, students begin by researching for favorite poems. Then they read, analyze, and reflect on their poem choices. Next they work in groups to describe and define poetry. After a mini-lesson on metaphor, they then write a definition using figurative language for poetry in the form of a metaphor and share their ideas in whole–class discussion.
By having students use inquiry to describe and define poetry, students employ higher-level thinking skills. This is an excellent lesson to use at the beginning of any poetry unit and incorporates all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards.
This nine page lesson includes the following: an explicit lesson plan with ELA Common Core Anchor Standards, poetry attitudes survey, resource suggestions with online links, “What is Poetry?” activity, “What is a Metaphor?” activity, and example handouts.
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