The following lessons are aligned to the fourth grade common core standards:
• RL.4.5. Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
• RL.4.10. By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
• L.4.5. Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
o Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors (e.g., as pretty as a picture) in context.
These lessons are designed to stand alone or to go along with my other lessons on metaphors, similes, and my Winter Themed Poetry, Plays and Prose or Christmas Themed Poetry, Plays and Prose units.
As the teacher introduces poetry, drama or prose, the students are given a foldable (usually glued in their Language Arts notebooks) in which to take notes about each. Notes and example are immediately following each foldable. Assessments for each are also given.