Poetry "Smashbook" Journal Unit

Grade Levels
5th - 8th
Formats Included
  • PPTX
125 pages
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This is my favorite unit to teach and one students consistently say they love! Use this slideshow of lessons to teach students different forms of poetry and figurative language. They'll create a notebook that showcases their poetry and literary analysis. The unit as is presented in the slides (you will download a powerpoint presentation; link to Google Slides is available in the presentation) will take 4 weeks. Most lessons are stand alone, so they could be mixed and matched, rearranged, or cut. Extension activities are also provided.

This unit includes:

- sample schedules and calendars, including a stations model

- rubric

- table of contents for student notebooks

- slideshow for all lessons

Forms of Poetry in lessons:

- ballad

- limerick

- haiku

- free verse

- found poems

- blackout poems

Figurative Language in lessons:

- simile

- metaphor

- personification

- idiom

- hyperbole

- onomatopoeia

- alliteration

- rhyme

- rhythm

- imagery


- mood and tone

- homophones

- pace

- independent reading resources (novels in verse and books of poetry)

- freewriting ideas/inspiration

Total Pages
125 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.


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