This popular PowerPoint presentation explains purpose and structural elements of poetry, prose, and drama (RL.3.5, RL.4.5). Classic nursery tales provide familiar examples for the introductory lesson.
Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich, these activities are classroom tested and kid approved. They are also part of the Fourth Grade Literature Skills Bundle, which addresses all fourth grade literature standards.
- Prose – Basic structures of prose (sentences, paragraphs, and dialogue placed in quotation marks) are explored. Adaptations of Mary’s Little Lamb by Edith Francis Foster (public domain) provide clear examples.
- Drama – Students learn about casts of characters, dialogue, stage directions, setting, scenes, and acts used in plays. Examples come from a play based on Mary’s lamb at school.
- Poetry – The terms verse, stanza, rhythm, meter, and rhyme are introduced. Students analyze “Mary Had a Little Lamb" to identify meter and rhyming patterns.
- More Practice with Poetry PowerPoint – An additional presentation gives kids more practice clapping out rhythm and determining rhyming patterns. The short presentation uses two simple nursery rhymes: “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.”
- Samples of Prose, Drama, and Poetry – Examples of the three forms of literature are displayed on one page.
- Prose, Drama, and Poetry Terms – This handy one-page resource is great for instruction or review.
- Text for PowerPoint Presentations
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I’m committed to continual improvement. This resource was updated on August 22, 2018.