This product contains four items:
1. A 61-page Poetry Compilation of 30 famous English language poets
2. A Timeline Worksheet
3. An Elements of Poetry Handout
4. A Characteristics of Poetry Worksheet
This is the perfect product for a teacher who is teaching a small poetry unit (or a homeschool family who needs an introduction to poetry!) Each student can have their own Poetry Compilation printed - or the PDF can be emailed for device reading! If someone loses their copy, just print another! The accompanying worksheets give students a chance to engage with the material, while the Elements of Poetry Handout provides a fast reminder of vocab.
1. This Poetry Compilation contains 3 poems each from the following 30 English language poets.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
George Gordon, Lord Byron
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Edgar Allen Poe
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Henry David Thoreau
William Butler Yeats
My goal in this compilation is to expose tweens and teens to the “great poets” of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries - the poems that have stood the test of time. (Another big consideration: those are the poems in public domain!) This is just a starting point; with this sampler, students can get an idea of which poets they might want to investigate further.
I didn’t necessarily choose each author’s most famous poem. My criteria for choosing the poems was:
- Easy to read
- Easy to understand
- Fairly short
- No obscure references
- PG rating
Each poet has two pages. The document is formatted so that if you print it double-sided, each author’s pages will be facing each other.
The first page contains the author’s name, biographical information, and two shorter poems. The facing page contains a longer poem.
2. The Historical Timeline lists 10 year intervals from 1700 to 2010.
Famous historical events of my choosing are listed in the timeline; there’s an editable file included if you would like to change which events are listed.
This worksheet is flexible and can be used with any historical figures.
For example, it would work with explorers, composers, painters, novelists, politicians, scientists . . . any group you can think of.
Students write the person’s name at the top, then mark the dates of their birth and death in the column below.
This is a great way to give students perspective about the lives of historical figures and what was happening in the world while a piece of art was being created.
3. The 2-page Elements of Poetry Handout contains short definitions for 43 poetic terms in 7 categories:
The Structure of Poetry
Tone / Author’s Voice
Playing with Sounds
Forms of Poetry
Categories of Poetry
This hand-out comes in both PDF and editable form, in case you want to adjust or add definitions.
4. The Characteristics of Poetry Worksheet can be used to analyze one poem, or to compare / contrast two poems. Students must show an understanding of vocabulary related to poetry to complete this worksheet.
Items listed for analysis are as follows:
beats / meter
figurative language (comparison)
figurative language (imagery or sound patterns)
real or make-believe