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Ch 8: Middle School Language Arts: Poetry Types, Devices & Elements

About This Chapter

Your middle school students can learn the fundamentals, devices and types of poetry here. Instructors explain the content in a fun and engaging way through short video lessons that feature quizzes and transcripts.

Poetry Types, Devices and Elements - Chapter Summary

The root of this chapter focuses on the literary form of poetry and its types, but also provides extensive examples to help your middle schooler quickly grasp critical concepts. Viewing the essentials of poetry through short video lessons can make it easier (and more fun) for your student to understand each topic. Experienced professionals in the field guide the teachings, and there are multiple-choice quizzes for self-assessment purposes.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

Lesson Objective
Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry Students receive a crash course on the technical and literary terms used in poetry.
Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples Lesson explores the differences and similarities between prose and poetry and defines technical terms, such as feet, syllable and meter.
Poetic Devices: Definition, Types & Examples Students read about the types of poetic devices.
Poems with ABAB Rhyme Scheme: Examples, Lesson & Quiz Lesson covers the ABAB rhyme scheme and offers examples.
What Is Free Verse Poetry? - Examples & Definition This lesson explains the meaning of free verse poetry.
Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories Students learn the definition of an epic poem, and see examples such as The Iliad and The Epic of Gilgamesh.
Sonnets: Definition & Examples Students review what a sonnet is and view examples.
Shakespeare's Sonnet 130: Summary, Tone & Literary Devices Lesson examines the literary significance of Shakespeare's Sonnet 130.
Shakespeare's Sonnet 18: Summary, Theme & Analysis Instructors analyze the theme of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18.
Elegy Poems: Definition & Examples Instructors explain the meaning of elegy poems and present examples.
Narrative Poems: Types & Examples Students learn the types of narrative poems.
Analyzing American Poetry: Terms and Examples This lesson gives tips on how to interpret poems and look for items such as similes, metaphors and personification.
Identifying Forms in American Poetry Students discover tips for spotting the types of American poetry.

13 Lessons in Chapter 8: Middle School Language Arts: Poetry Types, Devices & Elements
Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

1. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

Before you start your study of poetry, you'll want to have these technical, literary and genre terms at your disposal. Read on to learn the basics of analyzing poetry!

Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

2. Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

This lesson will introduce the formal qualities of poetry and the ways that it differs from prose. Among other things, we'll consider meter, rhyme schemes, stanzas, and popular poetic forms.

Poetic Devices: Definition, Types & Examples

3. Poetic Devices: Definition, Types & Examples

There are many types of poetic devices that can be used to create a powerful, memorable poem. In this lesson, we are going to learn about these devices and look at examples of how they are used. We will also discuss their purpose to understand the importance of using them effectively.

Poems with ABAB Rhyme Scheme: Examples & Definition

4. Poems with ABAB Rhyme Scheme: Examples & Definition

In this lesson, we will delve into the wonderful world of poetry. Specifically, we will analyze poems with the ABAB rhyme scheme. After a few examples, we will analyze how poets implement this type of rhyme scheme to create memorable poems. We will conclude our lesson with a brief quiz.

What Is Free Verse Poetry? - Examples & Definition

5. What Is Free Verse Poetry? - Examples & Definition

Did you know that Walt Whitman, who lived in the mid-1800s, was influential in shaping the American identity? Find out how his writing style is connected to the King James Bible and the famous Beat poet Allen Ginsberg.

Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories

6. Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories

Learn about epic poetry in the ancient world. Explore two epic poems, ''Gilgamesh'' and ''The Iliad'' and discover the information these poems contain about the cultures that created them.

Sonnets: Definition & Examples

7. Sonnets: Definition & Examples

If you want to profess your love in a poem, you might not think to look back a few hundred years for inspiration. Learn how some of the greatest poets in history used the sonnet to woo their lovers.

Shakespeare's Sonnet 130: Summary, Tone & Literary Devices

8. Shakespeare's Sonnet 130: Summary, Tone & Literary Devices

Shakespeare's Sonnet 130 seems like a spoof! Instead of praising his lover, the speaker appears to insult her! In this lesson, we will analyze this unusual strategy Shakespeare uses to describe the woman he loves.

Shakespeare's Sonnet 18: Summary, Theme & Analysis

9. Shakespeare's Sonnet 18: Summary, Theme & Analysis

In this lesson, we will analyze Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, where he compares his love to a summer's day. Shakespeare's use of imagery and figurative language creates vivid pictures for the reader.

Elegy Poems: Definition & Examples

10. Elegy Poems: Definition & Examples

For centuries, people have expressed their grief for the loss of loved ones in elegies. Learn how the elegy differs from the eulogy and how Don McLean's 'American Pie' falls into the ranks of Walt Whitman's 'O Captain! My Captain!'

Narrative Poems: Types & Examples

11. Narrative Poems: Types & Examples

Some of history's most famous heroes have been immortalized in narrative poetry: King Arthur, Odysseus, and even Jed Clampett. From Homer to Chaucer to Poe to The Beverly Hillbillies, narrative poetry has been used to preserve some of the world's greatest stories.

Analyzing American Poetry: Terms and Examples

12. Analyzing American Poetry: Terms and Examples

It can sometimes be tough to figure out what a poem means. This lesson provides some tools to help you analyze poetry and develop your interpretations.

Identifying Forms in American Poetry

13. Identifying Forms in American Poetry

There is more to poetry than symbolism and imagery. This lesson will help you figure out meter and rhyme schemes in poetry, with some classic American poems as examples.

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