This is a two day introduction to poetry that I used for classes of diverse students, many of whom were reluctant learners. I took the risk of telling students who hated poetry that they would change their minds by the end of the unit. Many of them did.
The lesson begins with a QTEL strategy that gives the teacher an idea of how students feel about poetry, and their prior knowledge. The following poetic devices are then discussed/taught in fun and creative ways: rhyme, alliteration, simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, and personification. The word “stanza” is also introduced and defined.
These lessons set the tone and give students the vocabulary they will need for the remainder of the poetry unit. As with all my lessons, I elicit questions and answers from students as much as possible rather than lecture. After terms are defined, students can help create a poetry word wall for the classroom.
Each lesson has a checkbox for the teacher to circle which standards they are using in the lesson. While they list ESL standards and were used in a classroom with ESL students, these lessons are appropriate for students of all abilities. They were designed for use in a diverse classroom with students who ranged from speaking no English, to being fluent native speakers.
This lesson plan is also part of a price-saving bundle which includes the two-day intro to poetic terms, as well as 3 days of fun poetry lessons:
Fun with Poetry Bundle: Intro to terms and 5 days of fun lesson plans