Types of Poetry Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the different types of poetry. Students will read a text lesson, read poetry samples, then make their own poetry pie to show understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe characteristics of acrostic, limerick and haiku poetry
  • identify types of poems in text
  • write acrostic, limerick and haiku poems


45 minutes for core lesson, plus one hour for activity

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.5

Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.4

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


  • Copies of the lesson Types of Poetry: Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • Copies of acrostic, limerick and haiku poems for reading and analysis
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Colored pencils
  • Paper plates and/or aluminum pie tins, if desired

Key Vocabulary

  • Acrostic poem
  • Theme
  • Limerick poem
  • Rhyme scheme
  • Syllables
  • Haiku poem

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