Ch 5: Humor in Poetry Lesson Plans

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If your English students groan when you announce that they're going to be studying poetry, it might be time to take another approach to this topic! Use our lesson plans to find creative and fun ways you can teach your students about humor in poetry.

Humor in Poetry Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

What is a jabberwocky? Which poets display humor in their works? Is there actually a literary nonsense genre? These are some of the topics you can have your students explore through group and homework assignments and projects. Our lesson plans provide detailed outlines you can follow that offer ideas for creative writing assignments, book reports and more that will help them develop an understanding of and appreciation for humor in poetry and specific humorous poets, such as Shel Silverstein and Lewis Carroll.

In addition, you can access video and text lessons that give your students the opportunity to study relevant term definitions and examples to supplement your existing classroom materials and study plans.

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  • Common standards: Ensures your lesson plans meet common core literacy standards in areas of literary analysis and word meaning.
  • Activities or games: Guides you through fun and engaging group and individual activities to help clarify information about humor in poetry.
  • Additional resources: Provides supplemental video and text lessons and short corresponding quizzes that you can use to teach your students about humorous poetic styles and specific humorous poets.

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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning humor in poetry lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific humor in poetry topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your English class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related humor in poetry lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of humor in poetry.
  • Engage your students with relevant poetry-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

9 Lessons in Chapter 5: Humor in Poetry Lesson Plans
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Jabberwocky Poem: Definition & Analysis

1. Jabberwocky Poem: Definition & Analysis

Lewis Carroll's poem ''Jabberwocky,'' which first appeared in his novel ''Through the Looking-Glass,'' is perhaps the most famous example of nonsense poetry, due to its use of made-up words.

Literary Nonsense Genre: Definition & Examples

2. Literary Nonsense Genre: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll discuss a unique genre of literature known as literary nonsense. We'll review the definition of a genre before studying some historical and modern examples of literary nonsense.

Lewis Carroll: Biography, Poems & Books

3. Lewis Carroll: Biography, Poems & Books

Having written the famous 'Alice in Wonderland' more than 100 years ago, Lewis Carroll remains to this day one of the most popular children's writers. This lesson will discuss his life and works, especially some of his more popular poems and novels.

Shel Silverstein Lesson Plan

4. Shel Silverstein Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach students about author and illustrator Shel Silverstein. Students will read a text lesson about the artist, create a timeline of his life, and summarize his work in an activity. Finish with a quiz to test understanding.

Jack Prelutsky Lesson Plan

5. Jack Prelutsky Lesson Plan

The first Children's Poet Laureate of the United States, Jack Prelutsky, is the focus of this lesson, in which children will learn about Prelutsky's life and the features of his poetry. Students complete a figurative language scavenger hunt for examples of poetic devices from Prelutsky's poems.

Jabberwocky Lesson Plan

6. Jabberwocky Lesson Plan

As this lesson plan shows, literature doesn't always have to address the more serious aspects of life. In fact, there is an entire genre of literature focused on what some scholars consider to be complete nonsense.

James & the Giant Peach Lesson Plan

7. James & the Giant Peach Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help you teach your students about the adventures of James and the Giant Peach. In the process, they will review the idea of different types of conflict in literature.

Jabberwocky Discussion Questions

8. Jabberwocky Discussion Questions

Jabberwocky is considered a nonsense poem by some, but there are many interpretations and explanations of the poem's meaning. Use these discussion questions to help your upper elementary students decipher the wordplay and symbolism in this poem.

The Walrus and the Carpenter Discussion Questions

9. The Walrus and the Carpenter Discussion Questions

'The Walrus and the Carpenter' is a famous poem that appears in Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. Use these discussion questions in either the broader discussion of the book or simply after reading the poem.

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