This unit goes through the common types of poetry including narrative, haiku, limericks, and more. Along with teaching the developmental skills needed in poetry and understanding figurative language, this unit goes through virtues students often hear but may not fully comprehend. It can be prepared in conjunction with other writing units or can be a stand-alone unit. Included, is a student packet that can be taken day by day and a powerpoint with definitions, examples, and writing samples.
How to teach this unit:
Step 1: Download the Teachers Pay Teachers to link here: Virtuous Poetry
Step 2: Plan out about 20 -30 minutes in 3-5 weeks of instruction (Usually as part of morning work or in a writing block)
Step 3: Get the students pumped for poetry! Print out the packets, double sided and stapled.
Step 4: Instruct the students where they will be keeping their packets and the due date or dates that are in place.
Step 5: Along with the powerpoint, students are following along in their packets. First, go over the figurative language terms and expectations. Then starting with the narrative section on leadership; define the virtue, discuss as a class, then have the students work by themselves or in a small group to answer the questions on the powerpoint.
Step 6: Set up what a narrative poem is and how it reads like a story.
Step 7: Students finalize the poem and reflect.
Step 8: Repeat steps 5, 6, and 7 with the next virtue trait.