Free Verse Poem Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is free verse poetry and what sets it apart from other types of poetry? This lesson plan uses an engaging video lesson to outline key facts for students. An activity connects students to what they've learned.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'free verse' in terms of poetry
  • summarize the key features of free verse poetry
  • identify the hallmarks of free verse poetry in popular examples

Length

1 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.5

With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 6 here.)

Materials

  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson
  • Photocopies of several examples of well-known free verse poetry

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