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Ch 8: 6th Grade Language Arts: Poetry Types, Devices & Elements

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This lesson defines and dissects poetry types, devices, and elements to help 6th graders better appreciate poetry. This chapter presents several informative videos with lesson transcripts and quizzes to help students synthesize the information.

6th Grade Language Arts: Poetry Types, Devices & Elements - Chapter Summary

Shakespeare, Homer, Ginsberg, Whitman, and more are given some treatment in this chapter on poetry. These lessons should be used by parents and teachers to increase comprehension of literary concepts taught at school and help students struggling with poetry to better understand it. The videos in each lesson are fun and informative, bringing multimedia and lecture together to provide memorable definitions and examples. Make use of the quizzes and exam in the chapter to measure your student's progress and comprehension.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

Lesson Objective
Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry Instructors kick this chapter off with an overview of critical terms that will be used in the following lessons.
Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples Students learn how rhyme, meter, structure, and form combine to make poetry different from prose.
Poetic Devices: Definition, Types & Examples This lesson describes how various devices--such as repetition and rhyme--generate rhythm, build meaning, or deepen feeling.
Poems with ABAB Rhyme Scheme: Examples, Lesson & Quiz In this lesson instructors introduce the concept of rhyme-based poetic structure through famous examples which use an ABAB rhyme scheme.
What is Free Verse Poetry? - Examples & Definition This video traces the history of free verse from the Psalms through Whitman to Ginsberg, while describing how free verse leaves room for lots of textual manipulation for effect.
Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories Here the epic poems of Gilgamesh and The Iliad are provided brief treatment as homage to this Western poetic heritage.
Sonnets: Definition & Examples In this video Shakespeare's famous sonnet form is described in depth with examples from both the Italian and English traditions.
Shakespeare's Sonnet 130: Summary, Tone & Literary Devices Sonnet 130, unique in the Shakespearean canon for its sarcastic overstatements, is broken down to show students how to make sense of poetry in this lesson.
Shakespeare's Sonnet 18: Summary, Theme & Analysis Shakespeare is again analyzed in this video on Sonnet 18.
Elegy Poems: Definition & Examples Instructors describe how poetry is used to commemorate the lives of those who have passed.
Narrative Poems: Types & Examples Students learn the four types of narrative poems and how they, like epic poems, tell a story.
Analyzing American Poetry: Terms and Examples This lesson details how students should break down the literary devices poets use in their poetry to find the meaning behind the words.
Identifying Forms in American Poetry This video continues the discussion of breaking down poetry, this time taking apart the forms to fully appreciate the artist's craft.

13 Lessons in Chapter 8: 6th Grade Language Arts: Poetry Types, Devices & Elements
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

1. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

Before you start your study of poetry, you'll want to have these technical, literary and genre terms at your disposal. Read on to learn the basics of analyzing poetry!

Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

2. Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

This lesson will introduce the formal qualities of poetry and the ways that it differs from prose. Among other things, we'll consider meter, rhyme schemes, stanzas, and popular poetic forms.

Poetic Devices: Definition, Types & Examples

3. Poetic Devices: Definition, Types & Examples

There are many types of poetic devices that can be used to create a powerful, memorable poem. In this lesson, we are going to learn about these devices and look at examples of how they are used. We will also discuss their purpose to understand the importance of using them effectively.

Poems with ABAB Rhyme Scheme: Examples & Definition

4. Poems with ABAB Rhyme Scheme: Examples & Definition

In this lesson, we will delve into the wonderful world of poetry. Specifically, we will analyze poems with the ABAB rhyme scheme. After a few examples, we will analyze how poets implement this type of rhyme scheme to create memorable poems. We will conclude our lesson with a brief quiz.

What Is Free Verse Poetry? - Examples & Definition

5. What Is Free Verse Poetry? - Examples & Definition

Did you know that Walt Whitman, who lived in the mid-1800s, was influential in shaping the American identity? Find out how his writing style is connected to the King James Bible and the famous Beat poet Allen Ginsberg.

Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories

6. Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories

Learn about epic poetry in the ancient world. Explore two epic poems, ''Gilgamesh'' and ''The Iliad'' and discover the information these poems contain about the cultures that created them.

Sonnets: Definition & Examples

7. Sonnets: Definition & Examples

If you want to profess your love in a poem, you might not think to look back a few hundred years for inspiration. Learn how some of the greatest poets in history used the sonnet to woo their lovers.

Shakespeare's Sonnet 130: Summary, Tone & Literary Devices

8. Shakespeare's Sonnet 130: Summary, Tone & Literary Devices

Shakespeare's Sonnet 130 seems like a spoof! Instead of praising his lover, the speaker appears to insult her! In this lesson, we will analyze this unusual strategy Shakespeare uses to describe the woman he loves.

Shakespeare's Sonnet 18: Summary, Theme & Analysis

9. Shakespeare's Sonnet 18: Summary, Theme & Analysis

In this lesson, we will analyze Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, where he compares his love to a summer's day. Shakespeare's use of imagery and figurative language creates vivid pictures for the reader.

Elegy Poems: Definition & Examples

10. Elegy Poems: Definition & Examples

For centuries, people have expressed their grief for the loss of loved ones in elegies. Learn how the elegy differs from the eulogy and how Don McLean's 'American Pie' falls into the ranks of Walt Whitman's 'O Captain! My Captain!'

Narrative Poems: Types & Examples

11. Narrative Poems: Types & Examples

Some of history's most famous heroes have been immortalized in narrative poetry: King Arthur, Odysseus, and even Jed Clampett. From Homer to Chaucer to Poe to The Beverly Hillbillies, narrative poetry has been used to preserve some of the world's greatest stories.

Analyzing American Poetry: Terms and Examples

12. Analyzing American Poetry: Terms and Examples

It can sometimes be tough to figure out what a poem means. This lesson provides some tools to help you analyze poetry and develop your interpretations.

Identifying Forms in American Poetry

13. Identifying Forms in American Poetry

There is more to poetry than symbolism and imagery. This lesson will help you figure out meter and rhyme schemes in poetry, with some classic American poems as examples.

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