Narrative Poem Activities

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

Some of the most famous tales in literature have been told through narrative poetry. Use these activities to help students experience narrative poetry while they reinforce their comprehension and writing skills.

Narrative Poem

When students study narrative poetry, they not only get to read some amazing stories, but they can also practice their reading comprehension and writing skills. Reading narrative poetry offers students the opportunity to identify story elements, examine plot structure, determine mood and theme, and summarize what they have read. Students who write narrative poetry can practice the same types of writing skills that they would use when writing any type of narrative fiction or nonfiction.

Let's look at some activities to help students explore narrative poetry.

Act It Out


  • Copies of different narrative poems (suggested poems to act out include: Casey at the Bat, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, The Walrus and the Carpenter)

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