Poetry Break! - Poems About School - PDF - Print and teach

Ms Cottons Corner
Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
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Are you looking for a Print and Teach unit that will help students love poetry? This is the resource for you!

This Poetry Break unit features three poems and one non-fiction text. The poems are all highly accessible, making this a great unit to launch poetry in your classroom. Everything you need to get students analyzing poetry, comparing and contrasting, finding theme, and writing poetry is included!

The resource includes:

  • Detailed lesson plans for 4-5 days of instruction
  • A color Poetry Break paddle
  • A black and white Poetry Break paddle
  • A copy of the full poem Mary's Lamb
  • A non-fiction text about the true story behind Mary's Lamb
  • Two Student Sheets for comparing and contrasting
  • Multi-Syllabic Word Practice
  • Text Dependent Questions
  • Hyperbole Practice
  • Student Checklist for writing a poem
  • Rubric
  • Student writing supports like writing paper, Rhyming Dictionary and Poetry Glossary
  • Answer sheets for everything!

This is a great unit for Back to School, or any day that you want your students to play with language and have fun learning! Students will practice finding themes, comparing and contrasting, poetic devices like hyperbole and rhyme scheme..... You can hit a lot of standards in a few minutes!

Check out this blog post about using this resource in your classroom.

Take a break for Poetry!


Interested in more Poetry fun? Try these other great resources for teaching poetry.

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Poetry Break! - Wind and Window Flower by Robert Frost - No Prep!

Poetry Break! - A Ring Upon Her Finger by Christina Rossetti - No Prep!

Poetry Break! - Valentine's Day Mini Unit - No Prep

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Total Pages
36 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
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.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
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.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.


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