Ch 4: Poetry & Poets Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Let our lessons help you teach your students about poets and poetry and make the subject more accessible for your class. Lesson plan topics include types of poetry and overviews and analyses of specific poems.

Poetry & Poets Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Use these lesson plans and lessons to help you develop effective teaching strategies for poets and poetry. These easy-to-follow plans are designed to enhance your students' learning experience and help them achieve a greater understanding of this material. Topics addressed in this chapter's lessons include:

  • Definition and examples of acrostic poems and sonnets
  • The use of rhyming words in poems
  • Summaries and analyses of Annabel Lee, O Captain! My Captain! and many other poems

How It Helps

  • Student engagement: Gives helpful suggestions and tips about how to engage your students when teaching poetry topics.
  • Teacher knowledge: Increases your understanding of this material to help you relay as much information as possible to your students.
  • Additional resources: Includes videos for some of the lessons that students can access and use to support classroom learning.

How It Works

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

  • Find lesson plans for specific poetry topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your poets and poetry class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related poets and 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 poetry concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant poets and poetry - related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

34 Lessons in Chapter 4: Poetry & Poets Lesson Plans
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If by Rudyard Kipling Lesson Plan

1. If by Rudyard Kipling Lesson Plan

This lesson plan has students reading a brief biography about Rudyard Kipling, as well as exploring his literary works, including the poem ''If''. Then they will answer discussion questions and complete an activity.

The White Man's Burden Lesson Plan

2. The White Man's Burden Lesson Plan

Teachers, use this lesson plan to engage your students in an analysis of ''The White Man's Burden'' by Rudyard Kipling. Students will watch a video, answer discussion questions, read the poem and participate in a debate activity.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Lesson Plan

3. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Lesson Plan

Educate your students about 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner~' with this lesson plan. Students will watch a video lesson, take a follow-up quiz, and participate in three activities to reinforce concepts.

Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Summary and Analysis

4. Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Summary and Analysis

What do you like in a great story? Zombies? Mystery at sea? Ghosts? Large birds? What if you could have them all? You can! In this lesson, we're going to explore the famed Romantic poem ''The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,'' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes: Summary, Theme & Poem Analysis

5. The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes: Summary, Theme & Poem Analysis

Alfred Noyes' 'The Highwayman' enjoyed popularity for several generations due to its catchy rhythms, vivid imagery, and Romantic narrative. Filled with nostalgia for an imagined past, the poem evokes a world where love is stronger than death.

Invictus Poem Lesson Plan

6. Invictus Poem Lesson Plan

When a poem is quoted by people from President Barack Obama to Winston Churchill, it can easily be classified as something significant. The life of its author, William Ernest Henley, was filled with adversity, yet he remained steadfast. This lesson plan will explain his famous poem to your students, as well as break down the form of the poem itself.

Invictus by William Ernest Henley: Meaning & Analysis

7. Invictus by William Ernest Henley: Meaning & Analysis

'Invictus' by William Ernest Henley is an uplifting poem typically quoted in troubled times. This video lesson will first look at this poem, then break down its meaning.

Paradise Lost Lesson Plan

8. Paradise Lost Lesson Plan

Do you need a new way to teach John Milton's 'Paradise Lost?' This lesson plan engages students with a small group activity and holds their attention with an informative video lesson.

Milton's Paradise Lost: Summary, Theme, and Quotes

9. Milton's Paradise Lost: Summary, Theme, and Quotes

John Milton's 1667 epic poem 'Paradise Lost' is often considered one of the greatest works in the English language. Watch this lesson to learn about the text and its complicated themes.

Alexander Pope Lesson Plan

10. Alexander Pope Lesson Plan

This lesson plan's quiz, discussion questions and topics, and activity will help students understand more about Alexander Pope, his work, as well as his style of writing.

Introduction to Alexander Pope: Biography, Essays and Poems

11. Introduction to Alexander Pope: Biography, Essays and Poems

Alexander Pope is one of the most quoted writers in the English language, which means you've probably heard his stuff before - you just don't know it yet. Watch this lesson for an overview of Pope's life and key works!

Dante Alighieri Lesson Plan

12. Dante Alighieri Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will go over important discussion questions and topics that will help students retain as much about Dante Alighieri as possible. A provided quiz and activity will help to that end as well.

Dante Alighieri: Biography, Works & Quotes

13. Dante Alighieri: Biography, Works & Quotes

Meet Dante Alighieri: a Medieval Italian poet with a fascinating life who wrote about everything from philosophy to politics to the afterlife. We will discuss his life, and a few of his works, including La Vita Nuova, The Divine Comedy, Convivio, and De Monarchia.

Dante's Inferno Lesson Plan

14. Dante's Inferno Lesson Plan

This lesson plan includes two activities, a quiz, and several discussion questions and topics that will help students better appreciate Dante's 'Inferno' in a fun and engaging way.

Dante's Inferno: Summary & Characters

15. Dante's Inferno: Summary & Characters

Dante's 'Inferno' is one of the most notable pieces of work within the Western literary canon. The work continues to impress readers with its imaginative vision of Hell. This lesson introduces the work as well as a number of its most important characters.

The Listeners Lesson Plan

16. The Listeners Lesson Plan

''The Listeners'' is considered by many scholars to be a mysterious poem. This has the power to either make it tough to teach or really engaging. In this lesson, we will explore how to make this poem into an interesting lesson plan for students.

The Listeners: Poem Meaning & Analysis

17. The Listeners: Poem Meaning & Analysis

This lesson will examine the 1912 poem by Walter de La Mare, 'The Listeners.' We'll analyze the features of this poem, including its setting, tone, characters and theme, and explore its possible meaning.

Poetry Bell Ringer Activities

18. Poetry Bell Ringer Activities

What is a bell ringer activity? How can poetry come in handy to help students focus before class starts? If you are curious about these questions, look no further. In this lesson we will talk about how to use poetry in bell ringer activities.

Death Be Not Proud Lesson Plan

19. Death Be Not Proud Lesson Plan

If you're discussing John Donne's 'Death Be Not Proud', this lesson plan reviews the poem and analysis. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Death Be Not Proud: Summary & Analysis

20. Death Be Not Proud: Summary & Analysis

This lesson explains John Donne's sonnet 'Death Be Not Proud.' A summary of the poem is included in addition to a line-by-line analysis of the themes.

Sonnet 18 by Shakespeare Lesson Plan

21. Sonnet 18 by Shakespeare Lesson Plan

This lesson plan utilizes a video lesson as well as discussion questions and group activities to summarize and analyze 'Sonnet 18' by William Shakespeare. The lesson concludes with a quiz as an exit ticket.

Shakespeare's Sonnet 18: Summary, Theme & Analysis

22. 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.

Lord Randall Lesson Plan

23. Lord Randall Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students make inferences that are supported by text evidence, as well as analyzing the structure of the poem as they read 'Lord Randall' as retold by Francis J. Child.

John Donne Lesson Plan

24. John Donne Lesson Plan

Educate your students about the English poet John Donne with this lesson plan. Students will peruse a text lesson, take a follow-up quiz, and participate in three activities to solidify main concepts.

If I Were In Charge Of The World Lesson Plan

25. If I Were In Charge Of The World Lesson Plan

Use this lesson to help your students love language, imagery, and poetry. In this lesson, students analyze and create a poem of their own using the poem, 'If I were in Charge of the World' by Judith Viorst.

The Surrender Tree Lesson Plan

26. The Surrender Tree Lesson Plan

This lesson will help your students learn about 'The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom' by Margarita Engle. Students will read an associated text lesson and take a quiz.

The Surrender Tree: Summary & Themes

27. The Surrender Tree: Summary & Themes

This lesson summarizes Margarita Engle's novel ''The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom''. You'll learn about the distinction between verse and poetry and explore the themes of this novel.

The Surrender Tree: Characters & Quotes

28. The Surrender Tree: Characters & Quotes

This lesson introduces characters in Margarita Engle's ''The Surrender Tree'' through quotes from the novel. We will learn about Cuban rebel nurses Rosa and Jose and their apprentice, Silvia. We'll also get to know the bad guy, 'Lieutenant Death.'

The Eagle by Tennyson Lesson Plan

29. The Eagle by Tennyson Lesson Plan

This lesson plan utilizes a video lesson analyzing Tennyson's famous poem, as well as an interactive group activity. An individual activity is also included, along with an exit ticket and extension ideas.

Interpreting Main Idea & Theme in Poetry Lesson Plan

30. Interpreting Main Idea & Theme in Poetry Lesson Plan

Teach students how to interpret main idea and theme in poetry with this lesson plan. Students will watch a video lesson, practice with samples, then do an activity to apply understanding. Use our quiz to check understanding.

The Highwayman Lesson Plan

31. The Highwayman Lesson Plan

The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes can be a tricky poem to teach to students. Use this lesson plan to guide students through analysis of the major themes as they work in interactive groups to summarize key aspects.

My Last Duchess Discussion Questions

32. My Last Duchess Discussion Questions

'~'My Last Duchess'~' is a poem by Robert Browning that explores the psyche of a controlling, narcissistic Duke. These questions can help your students work through this poem, its content, and its themes.

My Last Duchess Lesson Plan

33. My Last Duchess Lesson Plan

This lesson plan guides students through Browning's poetic monologue ''My Last Duchess''. Students participate in individual reflection, class discussion, a worksheet and extension project to attain a deep understanding of the work.

The Unknown Citizen Discussion Questions

34. The Unknown Citizen Discussion Questions

These discussion questions can help students dive into W. H. Auden's ''The Unknown Citizen'' and explore the themes of loss of individuality and state bureaucracy in the modern world.

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