Copyright

Ch 4: Poetry Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The resources in this chapter can help you to plan and teach lessons on different elements of poetry. Short lessons and lesson plans assist with instruction in analyzing mood, images and themes in poems.

Poetry - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Poems include a variety of elements to convey meanings, emotions and mood. The lessons in this chapter highlight these different elements as well as describe how to analyze and interpret various types of poetry. You can use these lessons to help develop your curriculum or show them to students in class. Test students' comprehension with quizzes that tie back to all the main points. Use these lessons to teach:

  • The basic elements of poetry
  • How to interpret emotions, moods and themes
  • Stanza and verse use
  • The use of similes, metaphors and personification
  • Drawing inference from figurative language, symbolism and imagery
  • Examples of prose

Video Objective
Elements of Poetry: Rhymes & Sounds Examine how rhymes and sound are used in poetry.
Elements of Poetry: Rhythm Explore the aspects of rhythm in poems.
How to Analyze Emotion in Poetry Learn how to infer the emotion in poems.
What is a Stanza in Poetry? - Definition, Examples & Quiz See how stanzas and verses are used to provide structure.
Similes, Metaphors & Personification in Poetry Observe the differences between similes, metaphors and personification, and see how they are used in poems.
Imagery, Symbolism & Juxtaposition in Poetry Identify uses for imagery, symbolism and juxtaposition in poetry.
Understanding Figurative Language in Poetry Take a look at how figurative language is used to convey meaning in poetry.
Inferring Mood in Poetry Study ways to deduce mood in a poem.
Interpreting a Poem's Main Idea & Theme Learn ways to interpret the main idea and theme of a poem.
End Rhyme in Poetry: Definition, Examples & Quiz See the definition and examples of end rhyme.
Prose Poems: Definition & Famous Examples Investigate the characteristics of prose poems.

15 Lessons in Chapter 4: Poetry Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Elements of Poetry: Rhymes & Sounds

1. Elements of Poetry: Rhymes & Sounds

Many poems rhyme, but there is often more going on in terms of the sounds of the words than just what happens at the ends of the lines. This lesson explores some of the nuances of rhyme and sound in poetry.

How to Analyze Emotion in Poetry

2. How to Analyze Emotion in Poetry

Poetry often begins with emotion and finishes with profound insights about human nature. In this lesson, you'll learn how to recognize emotion in poems. By understanding those feelings, you'll gain a broader understanding of literature.

Elements of Poetry: Rhythm

3. Elements of Poetry: Rhythm

Poetry often has a defined beat or rhythm. In this lesson, you'll review the most common forms of poetic rhythm before diving deeper into how those rhythms influence the overall effect of the poem.

What is a Stanza in Poetry? - Definition & Examples

4. What is a Stanza in Poetry? - Definition & Examples

Want to find out what poems and houses have in common? In this lesson, we'll explore the 'rooms' that stanzas create in poetry, drawing on examples from Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Frost, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Elizabeth Bishop, and Lord Byron.

Similes, Metaphors & Personification in Poetry

5. Similes, Metaphors & Personification in Poetry

Comparison is the basis of figurative language, and the most common forms of poetic comparison are simile, metaphor, and personification. In this lesson, you'll define all three terms and see several examples of each.

Imagery, Symbolism & Juxtaposition in Poetry

6. Imagery, Symbolism & Juxtaposition in Poetry

Poetry is a dense and rich form of literature. In this lesson you'll learn about how imagery, symbolism, and juxtaposition work to add depth to poetry. You'll also learn some tips for taking the AP Literature exam.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

7. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss how to interpret figurative language in fiction. We will explore several types of figurative language and learn how to identify them.

Understanding Figurative Language in Poetry

8. Understanding Figurative Language in Poetry

Poetry is difficult to define, but there's one characteristic that most poems share - figurative language. In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify and draw inferences from figurative language.

Inferring Mood in Poetry

9. Inferring Mood in Poetry

Poets have a variety of tools to use to create mood. In this lesson, you'll learn about three of these tools and how you can use that knowledge to infer mood. You'll also learn how this skill applies specifically to the AP Literature exam.

Interpreting a Poem's Main Idea & Theme

10. Interpreting a Poem's Main Idea & Theme

Many poems have both a main idea and a theme. In this lesson, you'll learn techniques for finding both in poetry by studying a sample poem. Afterward, you can test your understanding with a short quiz.

End Rhyme in Poetry: Definition & Examples

11. End Rhyme in Poetry: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will define end rhyme. We will also cover why some poets and songwriters choose to use it. Then we will identify examples of end rhyme by looking at stanzas from classic poems and from a popular nursery rhyme.

Prose Poems: Definition & Famous Examples

12. Prose Poems: Definition & Famous Examples

What exactly is a prose poem? In this lesson, we will define prose poems, analyze characteristics of prose poetry, and learn about a few famous examples. We will wrap up the lesson with a short quiz to test our knowledge.

Form & Meaning in Poetry

13. Form & Meaning in Poetry

In this lesson, we will explore how form and content combine to create meaning in poetry. Along the way, we will examine the components of poetic form and content and define poetic meaning.

Fun Methods for Writing Poetry

14. Fun Methods for Writing Poetry

Writing poetry does not have to be challenging. Just about anyone can successfully compose a poem in just minutes! This lesson introduces several fun and easy methods for writing poetry and will conclude with a short quiz.

What is Rhythm in Poetry? - Definition & Examples

15. What is Rhythm in Poetry? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will explore the idea of rhythm, or beat, in poetry. Every poem that is not free verse has a type of rhythm. We also call that rhythm 'meter.' Rhythm is an important part of the structure of a poem.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Support