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

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