Poems for Kids: Over 600 poems for teaching poetry terms & poetic devices

Grade Levels
3rd - 6th, Homeschool
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376 pages
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If you're teaching a poetry unit in grades 3-6, you need poems...lots and lots of exemplar poems!

Need poems for teaching similes? Metaphors? Personification? How about haiku or narrative poems? From rhyming poetry to free verse, this anthology collection has them all (with picture support) to make it completely painless to teach the elements of poetry to students of all abilities in grades 3-6. So if you're a teacher who likes to teach poetry lessons by example, there are more than 600 poems to share!

**Check out the VIDEO PREVIEW above for a small sample of this resource, to give you an idea if it will help meet your teaching needs.

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This HUGE digital poetry resource makes it easy and convenient to teach a poetry unit by SHOWING your students targeted poems containing:

  • Alliteration
  • Allusion
  • Anaphora
  • Assonance
  • Consonance
  • Creative or "Poetic" License
  • Elegy
  • Epitaph
  • Eye Rhyme
  • Fable Poems
  • Haiku
  • Hyperbole
  • Inference
  • Imagery
  • Internal Rhyme
  • Metaphors
  • Meter
  • Mood and Tone
  • Narrative Poems
  • Near Rhyme
  • Nonsense Poem
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Personification
  • Point of View
  • Puns
  • Refrain
  • Repetition
  • Rhyme
  • Rhyme Schemes
  • Rhythm
  • Similes
  • Stanzas & Lines
  • and more!

Bonus: Poetry Assessment Quizzes

  • Three short poems with Questions (and Answer Key!)

2021 Update: This anthology has grown from 140 poems (71 pages) to a whopping 600 poems (376 pages)! If you're teaching an intro to poetry, can you really have enough exemplar poems? I say, no way!

Before your students are ready to start writing poetry, they need to read some poems containing the rich vocabulary and figurative language of other poets. In this collection, many classic poems are included. Here are just some of the poets featured:

Robert Frost, Rudyard Kipling, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, William Blake, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Sara Teasdale, Langston Hughes, William Blake, Carl Sandburg, and many more...

Who is this anthology of poems best suited for?

This collection of poems is ideal for those teaching a poetry unit, poetry analysis, or the elements of poetry, but it's also quite handy for test-prep before high stakes testing and during National Poetry Month in April. It's ideal for grades 3-6.

This collection has just been expanded to include even more poems for teaching poetry terms & poetic devices, but short poems make a great teaching text throughout the school year. To make locating them easier, the collection now includes a:

  • Title Index
  • First Lines Index
  • Author Index

If you like this targeted collection of poems, you might also like:

Compound Words Poems

Let Poems for Kids help you teach smarter, not harder!

Lorrie L. Birchall

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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 a text.
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
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.


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