Are you teaching poetry and figurative language? Are you studying the Civil War or Abraham Lincoln? Do you need an exciting idea for Mother's Day that will melt your students' parents hearts? If so, this is a lesson plan with materials for you.
I created this plan for my fifth grade class, but it could be used in older grades as well. The older they are, the better of an understanding they may have as well for analyzing and creating poetry.
While teaching my Poetry unit in my fifth grade class, I like to use Walt Whitman’s poem, “Oh, Captain, My Captain,” to teach the concepts of symbolism and imagery. It also serves as another example for rhyme scheme in stanzas. In addition this unit coincides with our social studies unit over the Civil War era which helps to explain the meaning of the captain.
This lesson is aligned with Common Core Standards for the 5th grade.
This packet includes a 3 day lesson plan and materials which include:
Handouts for famous poems-
“I Hear America Singing,” By Walt Whitman
“I, Too,” By Langston Hughes
“Oh, Captain, My Captain,” By Walt Whitman
Brainstorming Sheet (one empty and one completed for meeting needs of different learners)
Rough Draft Guideline
Editing and Revision Checklist
Final Copy Paper
Examples of Student Poetry from my class