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Ch 6: Poems for Elementary School

About This Chapter

Studying poetry becomes fun for your students when you use this resource as homework help or to supplement your normal classroom activities. Students can enjoy the cleverly written lessons and brightly animated videos as they learn.

Poems for Elementary School - Chapter Summary

Children's poets such as Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl are highlighted in this chapter designed to introduce elementary school students to poetry. This resource has multiple applications for the teacher also, lending itself equally well to use as classroom tool, a way to help students prepare for tests, and homework assistance. Brief video and text lessons present information in easy-to-digest doses, while the lesson quizzes and chapter test measure each student's progress.

Who It's For

Kids who need extra help with poetry will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There's no faster or easier way to learn about poetry.

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the terms and vocabulary used in poetry
  • Students with learning disabilities or need a little extra help learning about poems
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about types of poems (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient and convenient way to learn about poetry
  • Students who struggle to understand their English language arts teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra English language arts resources

How It Works

  • Find lessons in the chapter that cover poetry topics your student needs to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson with your student or read through the text lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts and highlighted vocab words to reinforce learning about poems.
  • Test your student's understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify your student understands poems by completing the Poems for Elementary School chapter exam.

37 Lessons in Chapter 6: Poems for Elementary School
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What is Poetry? - Lesson for Kids

1. What is Poetry? - Lesson for Kids

Poetry is one of the most interesting ways in which we use language. In this lesson, learn about what poetry actually is and what features can make a poem.

Poetry Terms Lesson for Kids

2. Poetry Terms Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we'll look at definitions and examples of some commonly used poetry terms. Let's continue reading to explore some vocabularly commonly associated with poems.

Types of Poetry: Lesson for Kids

3. Types of Poetry: Lesson for Kids

A poem is just something that rhymes right? Wrong! In poetry, words are put together in a unique, rhythmic way. In this lesson, we will learn about three types - acrostic, limerick and haiku poetry. Spoiler alert... Not all of them rhyme!

Dr. Seuss's Poems: Lesson for Kids

4. Dr. Seuss's Poems: Lesson for Kids

Dr. Seuss was an author and illustrator. His poems and stories have been made into anything from well-known movies to inspirational quotes for your bedroom wall. Today, we will look at rhymes, repetition and morals in some of his poems.

Poems by Roald Dahl: Lesson for Kids

5. Poems by Roald Dahl: Lesson for Kids

Ignoring his own advice when he wrote ''Don't gobblefunk around with words,'' author and poet Roald Dahl played around with words and stories. Let's look at some of Roald Dahl's poetic techniques and get gobblefunking.

Dr. Seuss's Biography & Books: Lesson for Kids

6. Dr. Seuss's Biography & Books: Lesson for Kids

Ted Giesel--better known as Dr. Seuss--became a writer and illustrator that many would come to know and love. Although he initially pursued a career as a scholar, lucky for us, Dr. Seuss settled on a career in which he would make millions laugh, learn and grow.

Biographical Poem Lesson for Kids

7. Biographical Poem Lesson for Kids

Writing poetry can be a fun and rewarding experience, and there are so many types of poems you can learn. Learn how to capture the essence and identity of your favorite (or not so favorite) people in a biographical poem.

Haiku Poetry: Lesson for Kids

8. Haiku Poetry: Lesson for Kids

Close your eyes and think of something in nature that is relaxing and calm. Could you describe that feeling and those images in just a few artistic words? This lesson will teach you what a haiku is and how to write one that creates a certain feeling.

Concrete Poetry: Lesson for Kids

9. Concrete Poetry: Lesson for Kids

There is a saying that poetry is an art. Using different types of language makes poetry an art, but one type of poetry connects art and writing. In this lesson you will learn how to write this type of poetry, known as a concrete poem.

Lyrical Poetry: Lesson for Kids

10. Lyrical Poetry: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson you'll learn how authors write two types of lyrical poems: the haiku and the sonnet. You will also learn how writers use mood and emotion in lyrical poetry. Let's learn more now.

Limerick Poems: Lesson for Kids

11. Limerick Poems: Lesson for Kids

Limericks are a structured form of poetry that is fun to read, and they are also fun to write. In this lesson, you will learn the rules of a limerick and be able to read some for inspiration!

Imagery in Poetry: Lesson for Kids

12. Imagery in Poetry: Lesson for Kids

Imagery is an important part of poetry that makes it lively and real. Read the following lesson to learn what imagery is, how to spot it in poetry, and how to write some of your own!

Alliteration in Poetry: Lesson for Kids

13. Alliteration in Poetry: Lesson for Kids

'Sally sells seashells by the seashore.' This tongue twister isn't just hard to say, it's also an example of alliteration that could be found in different types of poetry. In this lesson, you will learn about alliteration in poetry.

Assonance Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

14. Assonance Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

Assonance is a fun sound device that you can add to your poetry and prose. Once you learn about assonance, you'll be able to notice it everywhere. Read the following lesson, and you may be able to add a little spark to your writing with assonance!

Ballad Poems: Lesson for Kids

15. Ballad Poems: Lesson for Kids

There are many types of poems. This lesson will focus on one type called a ballad poem. Learn what makes a ballad poem unique, and see some examples for yourself!

Shape Poems Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

16. Shape Poems Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

Have you ever felt bored of writing in the same old way? Learn what a shape poem is and how much fun it can be to create! Also, see some fun examples and learn some general guidelines for writing a shape poem!

Langston Hughes' Poems: Lesson for Kids

17. Langston Hughes' Poems: Lesson for Kids

Langston Hughes is one of the most important American writers of the 20th century. As a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance movement, his poems have resonated with people for decades. In this lesson you will learn more about this noteworthy poet and some of his most famous poems.

Emily Dickinson's Poems: Lesson for Kids

18. Emily Dickinson's Poems: Lesson for Kids

Emily Dickinson is considered to be one of the greatest poets in American history. Come and learn about what made Emily Dickinson's poems so unique and special, as well as how to interpret some of her most famous work.

Shel Silverstein's Poems: Lesson for Kids

19. Shel Silverstein's Poems: Lesson for Kids

If you're looking to laugh or daydream about imaginary things, Shel Silverstein's poems are the things to read! His poems are silly, fantastical, and memorable. In this lesson, we'll look at some characteristics and examples of Shel Silverstein's poems.

Free Verse Poems: Lesson for Kids

20. Free Verse Poems: Lesson for Kids

Have you ever wanted to be somewhere with no rules to follow? Even in poetry, some poets prefer to write poetry that doesn't follow any rules. In this lesson, you will learn about free verse poetry.

Cinquain Poems: Lesson for Kids

21. Cinquain Poems: Lesson for Kids

Oftentimes, people think that all poetry rhymes and looks like the type of poems we read in greeting cards or on Valentine's Day. Some poetry takes a different form. In this lesson, you will learn about cinquain poems.

Rhyming Poems: Lesson for Kids

22. Rhyming Poems: Lesson for Kids

Did you know that words and poems can rhyme? In this lesson, you will learn how to create and use rhyming words in your very own special rhyming poems. So come aboard and let's get going, there is so much to learn and start knowing!

Acrostic Poems Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

23. Acrostic Poems Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

There are many different types of poetry. One type of poetry focuses on using the letters of words to create a poem. In this lesson, you will learn all about acrostic poems.

Metaphor Poems: Lesson for Kids

24. Metaphor Poems: Lesson for Kids

'Your eyes are glittering diamonds!' Not only is this a great compliment, but also an example of a line you might find in a metaphor poem. Let's get ready to learn about metaphor poems in this lesson!

Personification Poems: Lesson for Kids

25. Personification Poems: Lesson for Kids

Have you ever wanted to make non-human things come to life? Well you can using personification poems. You will learn to use your imagination and make animals and objects come to life in this lesson.

Quatrain Poems: Lesson for Kids

26. Quatrain Poems: Lesson for Kids

Did you know there are words and poems that rhyme? In this lesson, you will learn how to create and use rhyming words in your own special rhyming quatrain poems. So come with me and let's get going, quatrain poems to see and begin to start knowing!

Diamante Poems: Lesson for Kids

27. Diamante Poems: Lesson for Kids

Not all poems look the same. In fact, some of them follow very specific patterns, including the shape of the poem. In this lesson, you will learn about diamante poems and how to write them.

Sonnets: Lesson for Kids

28. Sonnets: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you will learn about the history and pattern of some of the most recognizable poems ever written: sonnets. After reading this lesson, you should even be able to write your own!

How to Write a Sonnet: Lesson for Kids

29. How to Write a Sonnet: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you will learn how to write one of the most well-known forms of poetry: the sonnet. Made popular by William Shakespeare, the sonnet has a very specific structure of rhyme and rhythm that must be followed. Keep reading to learn the ins and outs of this type of poetry.

Onomatopoeia Poems: Lesson for Kids

30. Onomatopoeia Poems: Lesson for Kids

CRASH! BANG! BOING! Did you know that sounds like these are not just noises, but a part of poetry? In this lesson, you will learn all about onomatopoeia poems and the description of sound in poetry.

Odes: Lesson for Kids

31. Odes: Lesson for Kids

Do you have someone or something that you think is super amazing? Well, you might want to learn how to write an ode! Not only will this lesson give you some ode-writing tips, it will also share what an ode is, as well as some famous examples.

Idiom Poems: Lesson for Kids

32. Idiom Poems: Lesson for Kids

In the English language, sometimes words don't always mean exactly what they say. Idioms are used in our language every day and even in our poetry. In this lesson, you'll learn about idiom poems.

Hyperbole Poems: Lesson for Kids

33. Hyperbole Poems: Lesson for Kids

Have you ever exaggerated something? Maybe it was the size of the fish you caught or how much homework your least-favorite teacher assigned. In this lesson, you'll learn about exaggeration and how it is used in hyperbole poems.

Tanka Poems: Lesson for Kids

34. Tanka Poems: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson you will discover and learn about ancient poems from Japan! These poems are called tanka poems. Did you know that these poems are short and follow some very special rules? After you learn about them you will enjoy writing them!

Civil Rights Movement Poems: Lesson for Kids

35. Civil Rights Movement Poems: Lesson for Kids

The Civil Rights Movement was an important time in history when people were protesting the unfair treatment of black Americans. Learn about the different poets, like Langston Hughes, Robert Hayden, and Gwendolyn Brooks, that wrote poetry during the Civil Rights Movement.

African American Poems: Lesson for Kids

36. African American Poems: Lesson for Kids

For hundreds of years, African-Americans have contributed to the art of poetry by writing verses, poems, and songs that touch on subjects ranging from humor to complex issues of race. Learn about famous African-American poets and their works in this lesson.

American Revolution Poems: Lesson for Kids

37. American Revolution Poems: Lesson for Kids

The American Revolution was a hard time in America, but it was also a time that strengthened the country. Many poems were written during this period, and they helped to fuel the spirit of independence throughout the colonies.

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