Lyric 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 lyric poetry? This lesson plan uses an informative and engaging video lesson to outline key facts for students. A small group activity provides a deeper connection for students.

Learning Objectives

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

  • define 'lyric poetry'
  • discuss the key features of lyric poetry
  • distinguish between different types of lyric poetry


1.5 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards


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


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.)

Key Vocabulary

  • Lyric poetry
  • Sonnet
  • Elegy
  • Ode


  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson


  • Begin by asking the students to write a few lines of the lyrics from their favorite song.
  • Now have the students share the lyrics they've written with the class.
    • What do these lyrics have in common?
    • Would these examples qualify as poetry? Why or why not?
  • Have students take out a clean sheet of paper and fold it into four equal sections. Have them write the labels 'sonnet', 'elegy', 'ode' and 'other'. During the video, have them take down notes of the different types of lyric poetry.
  • Play the video lesson Lyric Poetry: Definition, Types & Examples, pausing it at 1:24.
    • Were the example lyrics presented in class correctly labeled as poetry?
    • What types of lyric poems might exist?
  • Play the video lesson and pause it at 2:49.
    • What is a sonnet?
    • What are the similarities between the sonnet and the song lyrics?
  • Play the video lesson. This time, pause it at 4:02.
    • What is elegy?
    • Where any elegies presented in the song lyrics?
  • Play the video lesson again and pause it at 4:56.
    • What is an ode?
    • Did the characteristics of the ode presented in the video lesson match any of the examples of lyrics shared by the students?
  • Play the rest of the video lesson now.
    • Did any of the student-presented examples fall into the 'other' category for lyric poetry?
  • Pass out the worksheet and ask students to work independently to complete it.
  • Review the contents of the worksheet with the class, allowing students to make any necessary changes to their responses as you go along.

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