April is Poetry Month but poetry can/should be incorporated throughout the school year to support students’ comprehension and overall literacy development. Poems are short texts that can be used frequently to teach literacy skills and provide students with authentic reading material to practice reading techniques.
This unit will introduce students to different forms of poetry, provide the opportunity for students to craft their own poems in different forms, and use technology. The students will work in groups to conduct online research to learn about specific forms of poetry they are assigned by the teacher. Then as experts of their respective poetry format, students will teach each other different forms of poetry and help increase students’ awareness of the techniques used by different poets. This unit will increase students’ understanding of poetry forms, increase their appreciation of poetry, and help students develop critical perspectives for evaluating poetry as a form of text.