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

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Poetry doesn't have to be intimidating. This chapter's tools help 8th graders retain what they've learned about types of poems, poetic devices and literary terms. Students have access to quizzes to test their assessment of the material, along with written transcripts from the video lessons.

Poetry Types, Devices & Elements - Chapter Summary

This comprehensive chapter on poetry provides examples of poetry types, discusses some famous poems and presents a brief history of American poetry. The video lessons provide definitions and examples of key terms for increased comprehension. Through this method of learning, parents and teachers are able to support student learning in an engaging, convenient way. Multiple-choice lesson quizzes and a chapter exam provide insight into how well 8th graders grasp the elements of poetry.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

Lesson Objective
Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry This lesson explains technical terms such as feet, sonnet, stanzas, spondee, couplet, trochee and verses.
Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples Learn the difference between prose and poetry and the definitions of syllables and rhyme schemes.
Poetic Devices: Definition, Types & Examples Students examine the types of poetic devices and their uses.
Poems with ABAB Rhyme Scheme: Examples, Lesson & Quiz This lesson explores poems with an ABAB rhyme scheme and examples from authors, such as Robert Frost and Williams Shakespeare.
What Is Free Verse Poetry? - Examples & Definition Compare and contrast free verse poetry and prose; study those who influenced this type of poetry.
Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories Students learn the meaning of epic poetry and read about some of the major influencers.
Sonnets: Definition & Examples Learn about the meaning and types of sonnets.
Shakespeare's Sonnet 130: Summary, Tone & Literary Devices Instructors analyze the tone and meaning of Shakespeare's Sonnet 130.
Shakespeare's Sonnet 18: Summary, Theme & Analysis Students read the imagery and figurative language used in Shakespeare's Sonnet 18.
Elegy Poems: Definition & Examples This lesson explains the difference between terms such as elegy vs. eulogy and modern vs. traditional elegy.
Narrative Poems: Types & Examples Get an explanation of narrative poems and view famous examples.
Analyzing American Poetry: Terms and Examples In this lesson, students get an overview of poetry terms, including metaphor, personification, simile and symbolism.
Identifying Forms in American Poetry Topics such as foot, meter, iamb and stanza are defined in relation to American poetry.

13 Lessons in Chapter 8: 8th Grade Language Arts: Poetry Types, Devices & Elements
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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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