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This Poetry and Figurative Language Mini-Unit was created for a group of students who needed extra practice with fluency and a beginner’s understanding of poetry and figurative language. Each day provides a simple, short lesson on one characteristic of poetry or type of figurative language, multiple readings of a short poem, and practice using the term of the day. The unit was designed to take no more than thirty minutes per lesson and lasted three weeks in my classroom. It worked extremely well as a "front-loader" for struggling students before we began our complete unit on Poetry with the whole class.
This resource includes:
1. Lesson notes. These provide you with a very brief overview of how I taught each lesson in my classroom, sample student responses, and the time spent on each part of the lesson. In most lesson notes, I also provide a quick helpful hint about the day’s topic.
2. Ten days of short lessons and practice sheets. Each lesson page features notes that explain a new term, how it is used, and supports for locating examples within a text. Nearly all lessons have a companion sheet where students practice using the term in their own writing or illustrations.
3. A vocabulary quiz on the seven figurative language terms used.
4. A summative assessment. Students are asked to read two poems, note elements found in each, and then compare and contrast the two.
5. Reflection. Students answer reflection questions about their experience learning about poetry. I used these sheets to guide future lessons and even make changes to the unit as a whole for the following year.
6. “I Am” and Free Verse Poetry sheets. Students write their own “I Am” poem or use the blank pages to write a Free Verse poem.
7. Vocabulary puzzles. Students match a definition and example to each figurative language term studied in the unit. Perfect for review before the vocabulary test. Copy and laminate one set for each student or place multiple copies in a center.
8. Vocabulary cards. Each card lists a term, its definition, and an example. Give one set to each student to use while working during the unit, or provide one set to a group to share.
9. Vocabulary booklet. Students write a sentence telling what they knew about the word before the lesson, a sentence on what they’ve learned about the word, make connections to other words, and draw their idea of the word in the box. Pages can be cut in half and stapled on the side to make a booklet.
10. Bookmarks with the seven types of figurative language for students to use while reading poetry.
11. Answer keys. Because you will be using your own poems, students’ answers will vary. However, I have included answer keys wherever possible.
The pages included can be used with any poem. The titles I’ve included in the suggested lessons are just that – suggestions. Due to copyright issues, I cannot include the actual poems I used in my lessons. However, whenever possible, I did include a link to its source. In addition, I created a Poetry Pinterest board with links to free poetry and other helpful resources for you and have included them in the unit.
NOTE: As stated above, this resource features short, simple lessons that are intended to provide students with a quick overview of the concepts included. It is not designed to be a comprehensive resource for all types of figurative language OR on different types of poems. Please see the preview for examples of the pages included.
This unit coordinates with my FREE Poetry and Figurative Language Posters.
This resource was updated on 4/3/17 to include additional materials. Please re-download if purchased before this date.
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