Poetry Unit - 2nd Grade

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Jessica Zannini
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This resource was so handy to plan a full poetry unit! The extras included made it so easy to create a full plan.
This helped me plan my poetry unit for 2nd grade. I love how it includes LITERALLY everything you need to teach poetry!
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Looking for a way to help students learn to read and write poetry? This 2nd grade poetry unit has everything you need to make poems exciting any time of the year.

Your students will quickly dive into the poetry standards and get excited about reading and writing poetry.  The unit includes over 300 pages of resources for you and your students to use any time throughout the school year.  

What’s included in this poetry unit:

  • 26+ days of poetry lesson plans on 2nd grade reading and writing standards. Additional lessons are provided to extend your lessons as students grow in their understanding of the elements of poetry.  
  • 18 Original poems to use with the lessons.  A book list of published poems is also provided to use with lessons.  
  • Print and Digital Student Handbook with the handouts and poetry guides needed in the lessons.
  • Variety of Assessments 
    • Quiz
    • Rubrics
    • Choice Board
    • Unit Test
    • Checklists

  • Poetry Portfolio Publishing pages and Rubric (Digital and Print Versions) 
  • Poetry Celebration Guidelines - A guide for sharing poetry with family members.  
  • Appendix with Poems,  and Additional Lessons.  These lessons cover poetry elements of 
    • Verse, 
    • Meter
    •  Explicit Information, Implicit Information, 
    • Point of View, 
    • Mood, 
    • Theme, 
    • Similes, 
    • Metaphors, 
    • Personification, 
    • Hyperbole, and 
    • Figurative Language

  • Poetry Close Read for ANY Poem - This guide is great for independent work and to add to your literacy center or station. 
  • Poetry Bookmarks are provided as rewards and motivation to enjoy reading and writing poems.  
  • Poetry Vocabulary Posters and Anchor Charts come in black and white and full color.  This allows for you to have them posted in the classroom or added to student notebooks.  
  • Elements of Poetry Flipbook 
  • Essential Question and I Can Statement Posters will guide your lessons and learning targets as you teach the poetry unit.  
  • The Poetry Choice Board will give your students an opportunity to demonstrate understanding of the standards taught. 

Going Digital? The Google Slide Student Handbook, Digital Poetry Vocabulary Book, and a Digital Poetry Portfolio are provided to easily upload to Google Classroom.  Links to these are provided on the PDF labeled “Links to Google.”  These will make copies for you to add to your Google files.  

You will love that you can teach these lessons together as a unit or use them as stand alone lessons.  

2nd Grade Poetry Unit Lessons Included

Reading Poetry Lesson Plans: 







Main Idea

Author’s Purpose 

Comparing and Contrasting 

Using Illustrations to find meaning

Writing Poetry Lesson Plans:


Acrostic Poems

Bio Poems 

Free Verse Poems




Free Verse

Research Poems

This will be a go-to resource year after year to get kids excited about reading and writing poems.  

Check out the PREVIEW for a full list of lessons, photos, and additional lessons provided in this unit.    

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Please note that poems written by other authors are suggested but are not provided in the unit as this will violate their copyright terms.  


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.


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