We HEART Poetry! A Poetry Analysis FREEBIE for Grades 4-8

Grade Levels
4th - 8th, Homeschool, Staff
Formats Included
  • PDF
9 pages


This 9-page SAMPLER of my We HEART POETRY! A Poetry Analysis BUNDLE includes:
•Lesson Planning Page
•What is Poetry? Brainstorm
•A Poetic Device Printable
•How To Analyze Poetry Printable
•Poetry Reader Response Questions
•Dreams by Langston Hughes

As an upper elementary to middle school teacher I have a variety of learners; enthusiastic and engaged, easily inspired, indifferent, and those that require a bit more encouragement to enhance their joy of learning. Can you relate?

While I touch on poetry throughout the school year, I really wanted an age-appropriate resource that would enhance student understanding and enthusiasm for poetry, and so I created this resource. Poetry can feel overwhelming to teach and even more frustrating for students. Use this resource how you see most fit for your crew, but here are some tips and tricks for how I have found it most useful. Share the poetic devices, how to analyze poems, and make it as engaging as possible helping students develop their poetry notebooks. You can use the poetry lesson plans, go page by page from beginning to end, or hop around.

•a binder, notebook, or folder for each student
•a writing utensil
•colored pencils, pens, or markers to make note-taking and analyzing poems more colorful

1. Use the Lesson Planning Pages
2. Give students copies to make their We HEART Poetry Notebook
3. Use the poetic device pages for student notes
4. Have students analyze the poems using the “How to Analyze a Poem” Notes and “Questions I Can Answer” Notes.
Students should write directly on the poems to become more thoughtful analyzers of poetry.
5. Navigate each of the poems with students to enhance understanding of poetry or allow students work independently, with partners, small groups to read and analyze each of the poems and then go over their analysis together in order to gauge their progress with understanding poetry.

Grab the whole product here:
•We HEART Poetry! A Poetry Analysis BUNDLE

This is the perfect resource to EXCITE your students about poetry analysis!


For more of my Writing and Word Work Resources:

•Draw, Write, and Share! Problem-Based Journal Prompts for Reluctant Writers

•Journal of the Week for Middle Grades to Middle School

•Sentence of the Day: CCSS Editing Toolkit

•Word of the Day CCSS Word Work for Middle School

•Writing Rules! Lessons, Prompts, and Rubrics for ALL CCSS for Grades 4-6

•Summertime Journal Prompts

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Happy Poetry Analyzing!!
Total Pages
9 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
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.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.


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