Poetry Lesson Plans with Activities

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My students had so much fun learning about poetry. This resource is engaging, detailed, and works well explaining each part and kind of poetry
This resource has some great supplemental activities for our poetry unit. Thank you for this resource!
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A week's worth of engaging lesson plans to teach students how to analyze and create different types of poetry. These lesson plans are designed to be low prep for the teacher, but keep your kids engaged and challenged the entire week!

There is a whole group and a small group lesson for each day, so that you can differentiate and reach each learner.

All the materials are provided, besides books. All the lessons are engaging, low prep, and rigorous for your upper elementary students.

Why these lessons?

Engagement- I saw that my students needed more engagement and relation to their real life in order to fully understand the skills, so I created these lessons to keep kids excited and involved the whole time.

Tiered Approach- We start with a real life lesson, then practice as a whole group, work in a small group, work in partners, and finally work alone. We start with support on the skill and slowly take it away to really push the kiddos.

Rigor- The lessons keep kids thinking the entire time and push them to reach their potential.

Low-Prep- These lessons just need to be printed, copied, and they are ready to go! Most activities require little work beforehand for the teacher which makes a teachers busy life easier!

The lessons include:

Monday- Students are writing their first poem to learn about all the elements of poetry. They will then use an anchor chart to find the elements in their poem. Lastly, you will read Shel Silverstein's poems and analyze them. You will be sending home a note to parents about a poetry party that you will host Friday.

Tuesday- There is a provided poem that you will read as a class and find the elements of poetry within it. Then, you will learn the steps to properly analyze a poem. You will practice this with the story "Shaking Things Up" by Susan Hood. Then, students will write a bio poem.

Wednesday- You will use a YouTube video to do a fun vocabulary game. Then, students will get in groups to complete 5 different poetry tasks which require them to write poems and analyze them.

Thursday: You will go over an anchor chart that shows the different types of poems. Then, you will read “Ode to the Commode” by Brian Cleary found for FREE on EPIC to look at different types of poetry. Then, in partners students will read “How to Write Poetry” on EPIC and write different poems. This book will show them what to do.

Friday- You will assess and then have a poetry party. Students had to write poems at the beginning of the week for this. They will be sharing their poems. You can add to this lesson to make it more engaging too!

There is one small group lesson per day. You can do this with every group or just do the lessons you think the groups need. You differentiate them by what books you choose.

Monday: Students will play an elements of poetry game.

Tuesday: Students will read a provided poem and go through the analyzing steps.

Wednesday: You will be writing a group poem where each child does a stanza.

Thursday: Students will start their poem booklet which requires them to analyze a type of poem and then write in that type.

Friday: You will finish the poetry booklet.

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Total Pages
35 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
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.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
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.


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