Poetry for 2nd Grade

Instructor: Cara Rogers
Poetry is a valuable learning tool for beginning readers. Explore the various poets and poem styles appropriate for 2nd-grade students in this article. You'll also find links to additional resources to help you introduce poetry to your classroom and inspire students to have fun as they read.

Poetry for Second-Graders

Using poetry lessons in the second-grade classroom can help build the literacy skills of early readers, and provide a fun, educational tool for learning patterns of rhyme and rhythm. Students can use their knowledge of phonetics to predict the sounds that might come next in a phrase even if they aren't familiar with the words. In addition, poetry exemplifies the many devices that the English language has to offer, like syllables, spelling, structure and verse.

Below are a few examples of the types of simple poem styles you can introduce to your second-grade students, whether as reading or writing assignments.

  • Haikus: A poem comprised of three lines, the first and last lines made up of five syllables while the middle line is made up of seven syllables.
  • Shape Poem: Poetry made by creating a shape or image of the topic using the words of the poem.
  • Acrostic: A poem in which each line holds a letter to a word that is vertically spelled out by the end of the stanza.
  • Riddles: Verses that challenge the reader to guess a response based on the clues hidden throughout each rhyming line.
  • Free Verse: This kind of poem has no set meter and can include or exclude rhymes. Free verse poems help to teach students about core poetic devices, like construction, sound and imagery.
  • Echo Verse: In this poem, the last word or syllable is repeated beneath each line to create a vertical phrase within the stanza.
  • Lyric: These poems convey personal feelings and can help students recognize or try writing in the first-person point of view.

Poets Kids Will Love

Explore the whimsical stylings of famous children's poets to help your students learn about rhyme schemes, stanzas, literary devices, imagery, tone and mood. The following are a few examples of entertaining poems for kids that vary in level and can be used as learning tools.

Additional Resources

For more ideas about integrating poetry in the classroom, you can review main topics of discussion through this lesson about teaching poetry. You can also take a look at the video lesson, Why is Poetry Important? to learn more about the pedagogical advantages of studying poems in the classroom.

These lessons are offered in a fun video format to help you quickly get the info you need and come with helpful quizzes and worksheets.

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