Comparing Two Poems Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students how to compare and contrast poems with this lesson plan. Students will follow along with the text lesson as they compare and contrast structure, theme and tone of two poems as guided practice. They will apply concepts independently before taking a quiz to check on understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • compare and contrast tone, theme and structure of poetry
  • analyze the content of the poem


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson How to Compare & Contrast Poems, one for each student
  • Copies of poems for students to compare and contrast independently, one pair for each small group
  • Chart paper and marker, one for each small group
  • Copies of the lesson quiz, one for each student

Key Vocabulary

  • Structure
  • Stanza
  • Repetition
  • Monotonous
  • Theme
  • Tone
  • Historical context

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.5

Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.

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