Autumn by Emily Dickinson Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

Rhyme patterns, personification, and slant rhyme will be explored through the poem 'Autumn' by Emily Dickinson. Students will develop multimedia poem presentations as a culminating activity.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • read and analyze the meaning of a poem
  • identify examples of personification in poetry
  • identify and name a rhyme pattern in poetry
  • write an original poem modeled after a given poem, using the same rhyme pattern
  • define rhyme pattern, slant rhyme, and personification


45-60 minutes per day for 2 days

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

Materials Needed

  • chart page or board with the poem written on it for the class to read together
  • writing paper


  • Rhyme pattern
  • Slant rhyme
  • Personification

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