Poetry, Prose, and Drama Activities & Texts | RL.4.5 and RL.5.5

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Do you need activities and passages for teaching your students the structure of poetry, prose, and drama while also teaching them to comprehend the stories told by each type of literature? This resource includes several resources for introducing and teaching poems, dramas, and stories written in prose.

Since this resource spans 4th and 5th grade, you will notice that it contains a variety of resources for different skills.

Resources for the following poetry, prose, and drama skills are included:

•Identifying the structural elements and other features of each type of text

•Comparing and contrasting the same event told in each type

•Determining which parts of a text are most important and which are least important

•Analyzing the purpose of each section of a text

•Determining theme and exploring how the different parts of the text contribute to the overall theme

•Referring to specific structural elements and parts of the text when writing or responding to the text

Poetry, Prose, and Drama Activities Included:

  • Posters/Anchor Charts
  • Essential Questions
  • Rubrics and Checklists for Assessment
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Passages: Set 1 - You can use these texts to introduce and analyze each type, as well as to label the different features or elements. (RL.4.5)
  • Passages: Set 2 - Each type tells the same event/story. Use this set to help compare and contrast the three types. (RL.4.5)
  • Passages: Set 3 - The focus of the questions for this set are on how some parts or sections are more important than others. The students will read each text and determine which section is the most important and which is the least important. (RL.5.5)
  • Passages: Set 4 - This set focuses on the purpose of each part of the text. This will help students see how each part of a text contributes to the overall plot. (RL.5.5)
  • Passages: Set 5 - This set focuses on how parts of a text contribute or add to the development of the overall theme. (RL.5.5)
  • Small-Group Activity: Task Card Comprehension
  • Small-Group Activity: Sort

Note: Each set of texts has a specific context focus. In addition to the focus, each text in the set also has a page of (optional) additional questions. Those questions are meant to review the structural elements of the texts, have the students use those elements when writing, and have the students explain how they contribute to the literature (CCSS RL.4.5 and RL.5.5).

**Warning! There are so many different texts and resources included that you will likely not use all of them. Select the poetry, prose, and drama activities you need to use based on:

•The needs of your students (Do they need reteaching or enrichment?)

•The demands of your standards

Aligns with these Common Core Reading Standards:

RL.4.5 - Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems and drama when writing or speaking about a text.

RL.5.5 - Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

Want More 4th and 5th Grade Reading Resources?

***This resource is included in my 4th and 5th Grade Reading Bundle. You can view the Reading for 4th and 5th Grade bundle by clicking here.

Need a resource that focuses just on Poetry Comprehension and Analysis? Click HERE!

Want Reading Centers for Poetry and Dramas?

Poetry Reading Centers

Drama Reading Centers

More Reading Activities for Teaching Multiple Accounts of the Same Event:

Multiple Accounts Reading Spinner Centers

Multiple Accounts Flipbook

Total Pages
100+
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
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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