Bring the power of poetry to your classroom! Challenge students to follow the rules of poetry, explore figurative language, & explore a variety of topics!
These creative, fun, & engaging lessons can be used as standalone lessons, as a comprehensive unit, OR complement a current unit!
Figurative Language & Poetic Devices Glossary – Defines the following terms: poem, verse, stanza, rhyme, true rhyme, end rhyme, internal rhyme, slant rhyme, alternating rhyme, rhyming couplet, rhythm, free verse poem, syllables (stressed & unstressed), repetition, alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia, mood, tone, hyperbole, imagery, personification, simile, metaphor, & idiom.
Color Poem – Life is about using the whole box of crayons! With this writing assignment, students will explore the symbolism and figurative meaning behind colors. Include poem assignment and graphic organizer.
Poetry vs. Prose Exploration Worksheet – Guide students through comparing and analyzing prose (both fiction and nonfiction) and poetry that address the same topic! This handout can be used for direct instruction (teacher modeling), group work, or independent practice!
Limericks – Have students learn about poetry, rhyme, and rhythm while having FUN! Teaching limericks is a creative and engaging way for students to play with language and explore the basic rules of poetry! This creative handout explains the background and rules of limericks, provides examples, and gives students the opportunity to practice crafting their own original limericks! Works great as a standalone lesson or embedded in a Figurative Language or Poetry Unit!
Haiku (You-Kus) – Have students learn about poetry, rhyme, and rhythm while having FUN! Haikus are a creative and engaging way for students to play with language and explore the basic rules of poetry! Not only will students learn the syllable pattern with this handout, but they will interact with structure and veer away from describing nature – students will tell a story!
Sonnet – Poetry can be a tricky subject for students to get excited about! Some students enjoy the open ended creativity of free verse poetry, whereas other students get stuck! Enter Poetry that Follows Rules! Get students to study the structure of a sonnet - perfect for logical and linear thinkers! Then, have students write their own sonnet - perfect for creative writers!
Ways of Looking Perspective Poem – Wallace Steven's poem, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” provides a unique technique for exploring the importance of perspective and the impact of its delivery. In other words, how you look at things and what you choose to say about them matters! Invite your students to try their own “Ways of Looking” Perspective Poem. How can you comment about the world around you by closely examining an ordinary object through different lenses or perspectives? This detailed handout outlines assignment expectations and gives guidelines to help students get started with their own poem. This assignment can be used as a standalone lesson or as part of a larger poetry or figurative language study! Can easily by adapted to focus on a particular story, event, character, historical figure, or theme!