Poetry Terms Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Carrin Hahn

Carrin taught 3rd grade for ten years, worked as a learning specialist with K-5 students, and has a Master's degree in Elementary Education.

Playing with words and phrases is what students will do in this lesson! Students will review poetry terms, practice identifying them in examples, and have the opportunity to compose some lines of poetry themselves.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Define important poetry terms
  • Identify which term is being used in examples
  • Create examples of specified terms


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.


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

Vocabulary and Phrases

  • Personification
  • Hyperbole
  • Alliteration
  • Similes
  • Metaphors


  • A book of your favorite poetry
  • Overhead projector
  • Paper copies of the lesson Poetry Terms for Kids
  • Paper copies of the Poetry Terms Quiz
  • A list, cut into strips, of examples of each poetry term (see Lesson Preparation for details)
  • A small beanbag
  • A spinner from a game that has numbers 1-6

Lesson Preparation

  • Ahead of this lesson, you will want to find poems that contain examples of the poetry terms in the lesson.
  • Make a list of examples of each poetry term. You could use examples from already written poems, or you could make up your own examples. Find/make enough examples for the students to each have one or two. This is what you will cut into strips.

Lesson Instructions

  • Read your selected poems to the class. Tell the students why you like those poems. Talk about the terms without naming them yet. For example, say how fun it is to say all the words with the same beginning sound.
  • Pass out paper copies of the lesson Poetry Terms for Kids.
  • Read over the lesson with the class. After each new term, put one of the poems you read on the overhead to see if the students can find an example of that term.
    • Continue until all of terms have been defined and discovered in a poem.

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