Ode in Poetry Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Students have likely heard of an ode, but do they know what it is? Clear up confusion with this lesson plan that uses a video lesson to define the terms, outline forms, and show examples. Students then identify and classify odes in a guided learning experience.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the forms of odes
  • classify odes in poetry
  • use content vocabulary appropriately
  • ask and answer questions related to odes in poetry


1 hour


  • Samples of poems with odes for students to analyze and classify, including samples used in this lesson

Key Vocabulary

  • Ode
  • Pindaric ode
  • Chorus
  • Strophe
  • Antistrophe
  • Epode
  • Horatian ode
  • Irregular ode

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.5

Analyze how a drama's or poem's form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning.

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