Narrative Poem Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to launch a narrative poem unit. Students will watch an engaging video outlining four types of narrative poems, read samples of each, discuss content, then give them a try independently. Follow up with a quiz to determine understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define narrative poems
  • explain the types of narrative poems
  • write a narrative poem


1 hour for lesson plus time for independent writing


  • Copies of narrative poems in the idyll, the epic, the lay, and the ballad styles
  • Chart paper and markers

Key Vocabulary

  • Narrative poem
  • Idyll
  • Epic poem
  • Homeric verse
  • Dactylic hexameter
  • Extended similes
  • Epithet
  • Invocation to the muse
  • Lay/lai
  • Breton lay
  • Ballad
  • Quatrains

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.4

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

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.10

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

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