Ch 1: Reading & Writing Poetry Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Create comprehensive lesson plans to teach your students how to read and write poetry with this lesson plan resource. The chapter comes with related video lessons you can show your students to guide class discussions.

Reading & Writing Poetry Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

These short and engaging lesson plans and corresponding lessons will help you prepare a poetry curriculum that will teach your students everything they need to know about reading and writing poetry. The chapter will help you effectively teach the following poetry concepts:

  • Form
  • Meaning
  • Rhyming
  • Imagery
  • Symbolism

After planning your lessons, you can use the accompanying video lessons to teach/reinforce these concepts to your class. The chapter also includes lesson-specific quizzes.

How It Helps

  • Student engagement: Engage your students with fun methods for writing poetry
  • Curriculum standards: Ensures your poetry lesson plans are up to educational standards
  • Additional resources: Comes with related video lessons you can show during class time or assign as homework

How It Works

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

  • Find lesson plans for specific poetry writing concepts you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your poetry class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related 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 poetry-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

47 Lessons in Chapter 1: Reading & Writing Poetry Lesson Plans
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Form & Meaning in Poetry

1. 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.

Rhyming Lesson Plan

2. Rhyming Lesson Plan

Recognizing and creating rhyming words is a valuable skill for emergent readers. This lesson plan explains rhyming in a fun way, then allows you to practice with students. Afterwards, play a game to apply skills.

Rhyming Words: Lesson for Kids

3. Rhyming Words: Lesson for Kids

I bet you know a few songs that have rhyming words in them! How about ''Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star''? Words that rhyme are all around you in stories, poems, and songs. You are going to learn what rhyming words are and why we use them.

Imagery Lesson Plan

4. Imagery Lesson Plan

Empower your students with a solid handle on imagery! Two video lessons provide detailed examples of imagery and an in-class sensory experience gives students a chance to demonstrate what they've learned. To keep this instruction going, use our suggestions for extra activities and related lessons.

Imagery in Poetry: Definition, Examples & Types

5. Imagery in Poetry: Definition, Examples & Types

Explore imagery in poetry, the primary vehicle poets use to transport their readers to a new experience. Learn about different types of imagery through examples and a quiz.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

6. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.

Fun Methods for Writing Poetry

7. 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.

Essential Questions for Poetry

8. Essential Questions for Poetry

Asking essential questions is a great way to get students thinking more deeply about content. Use this lesson to find and use essential questions that easily slide into poetry lessons, units and daily instruction.

Poetry Projects for Middle School

9. Poetry Projects for Middle School

This lesson contains a variety of approaches to middle school poetry projects. These projects are designed to reach a variety of learning styles, and the list contains assignments of various lengths.

Poetry Projects for High School

10. Poetry Projects for High School

Poetry is not the easiest of topics for high school students. This lesson describes several ideas for creating fun and engaging projects to allow students to showcase their skills in poetry.

Poetry Writing Exercises

11. Poetry Writing Exercises

A wide variety of poetry writing exercises can help students develop their own approach to the art. This lesson contains exercises that will help your students strengthen their creative writing skills.

Rhythm Lesson Plan

12. Rhythm Lesson Plan

Rhythm is all around us, but how can you help your students learns the specifics of it? A video lesson defines and presents several types of rhythm and an activity sets students free to analyze rhythm in a classic poem using color.

What is Rhythm in Poetry? - Definition & Examples

13. 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.

Scansion Lesson Plan

14. Scansion Lesson Plan

What in the world is scansion and why is it important to understand? This lesson plan uses a simple but engaging video lesson to explain this method while an activity gives students a chance to use scansion to analyze meter in poetry.

Scansion in Poetry: Definition & Examples

15. Scansion in Poetry: Definition & Examples

Usually, it's pretty easy to hear the rhythm in poetry, but describing that rhythm is another matter entirely. In this lesson, we'll explore the process of scansion, which allows us to break down the rhythm of poetry using visual clues.

Personification in Poetry: Definition & Examples

16. Personification in Poetry: Definition & Examples

Personification is a figurative language technique used by writers as a way to allow something non-human to come to life and express human emotions and actions. In this lesson, we'll look at examples of personification found in poetry.

Comparing Two Poems Lesson Plan

17. Comparing Two Poems Lesson Plan

Teach your students how to compare and contrast poems with this lesson plan. Students will follow along with the text lesson as they compare and contrast structure, theme and tone of two poems as guided practice. They will apply concepts independently before taking a quiz to check on understanding.

How to Compare & Contrast Poems

18. How to Compare & Contrast Poems

In this lesson, you will learn the steps to compare multiple poems with each other. We will also practice with examples by Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes.

Assonance Lesson Plan

19. Assonance Lesson Plan

Teach your students what assonance is and how to use it in their poetry and prose with this lesson plan. A text lesson, discussion questions and active learning guides instruction, then an independent writing activity allows students to apply knowledge and a quiz tests understanding.

Assonance Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

20. 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!

Consonance Lesson Plan

21. Consonance Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach students about consonance. Students will watch a video lesson defining the term, explaining its use and sharing examples so students get a comprehensive understanding. An independent writing activity helps reinforce the lesson material.

Consonance in Literature: Definition & Examples

22. Consonance in Literature: Definition & Examples

This lesson looks at how the literary devices of rhyme and near rhyme affect poetry. Specifically, consonance, a type of near rhyme, is explained with examples to illustrate the concepts.

Assonance & Consonance Activities

23. Assonance & Consonance Activities

Some writers use sound repetition, like assonance and consonance, in their writing. Use these activities to help students identify examples of assonance and consonance and how they are used in different pieces of text.

Kennings Lesson Plan

24. Kennings Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about kennings. Students will read a text lesson defining the term and sharing examples in writing. Students interact with the material in meaningful ways through discussions and application of content. Finish with an activity and quiz to check understanding.

Kenning: Poems & Examples

25. Kenning: Poems & Examples

If you've ever used the term, 'gas-guzzler,' then you've employed a kenning in your speech, even if you didn't know it at the time. Come learn more about this complex metaphor and see it used to compose some riddling poetry.

Iambic Pentameter Lesson Plan

26. Iambic Pentameter Lesson Plan

Teach your students how to use iambic pentameter in their writing with this lesson plan. Students will watch a video lesson defining the literary term and showing examples in text. Discussion questions, active learning and application to real-life writing make concepts stick.

Iambic Pentameter: Definition & Examples

27. Iambic Pentameter: Definition & Examples

Iambic pentameter is a poetic device that has been used by famous writers for centuries. In this lesson, find out how to identify iambic pentameter in many of the poems and sonnets you have read.

Slant Rhyme Lesson Plan

28. Slant Rhyme Lesson Plan

Teach your students about slant rhyme in poetry with this lesson plan. Students will watch an engaging video that explains slant rhymes and gives examples to support. Practice as a class before allowing students to write some slant rhymes of their own independently.

Slant Rhyme in Poetry: Definition & Examples

29. Slant Rhyme in Poetry: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll explore slant rhymes, which are sometimes called half rhymes or near rhymes. After we look at a formal definition and some examples of slant rhyme, there is a short self-assessment quiz that you can take.

Internal Rhyme Lesson Plan

30. Internal Rhyme Lesson Plan

Support your instruction of internal rhymes with this lesson plan. A text lesson is used to define the term, explain its use, and give examples. Guided practice, a quiz and discussion questions prepare students for independent application.

Internal Rhyme in Poetry: Definition & Examples

31. Internal Rhyme in Poetry: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will define internal rhyme, explore the reasons why a poet might use this poetic technique to affect his or her audience, and identify examples of it in modern poetry.

Quatrain Lesson Plan

32. Quatrain Lesson Plan

Teach your students about quatrain stanzas in poetry with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that gives the characteristics of a quatrain, as well as three types of quatrains. Discussion questions, analysis, guided and independent writing mean students walk away with a deep understanding.

Quatrains: Characteristics & Overview

33. Quatrains: Characteristics & Overview

The quatrain is one of the most common stanzas in English poetry, but it's far from ordinary. In this lesson, you'll learn about three unique varieties of quatrain by reading examples from Thomas Gray, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Emily Dickinson.

Poetry Pre-Reading Activities

34. Poetry Pre-Reading Activities

If you're about to embark on a poetry unit with students, you have a wonderful opportunity to introduce them to a very special genre. This lesson helps you think about what you can do to make sure students are prepared for encounters with poetry.

Poetic Devices Activities & Games

35. Poetic Devices Activities & Games

Poetic devices can add meaning to a poem and help readers connect with the text. Use these activities to help students identify, understand, and use poetic devices.

Rhyme Scheme Activities

36. Rhyme Scheme Activities

Poems can have very different rhyme schemes depending on their poetic form. Use the activities in this lesson to help your students identify the rhyme scheme of various poems and develop their own poetry with specific rhyme schemes.

Rhyming Activities & Games

37. Rhyming Activities & Games

Young students get plenty of practice with rhyming, but sometimes older students need reinforcing of rhyme concepts as well. This lesson plan provides instructions for rhyming games and activities for older students in whole and small group settings.

Rhyming Games for Kids

38. Rhyming Games for Kids

Learning about rhyming can be an important part of literacy development. The games in this lesson will give your students practice with rhyming while ensuring that they keep having fun!

Poems to Teach Hyperbole

39. Poems to Teach Hyperbole

This is the most amazing and interesting lesson in the history of the English language! Yes, that is a grand statement or hyperbole. Lots of poems feature hyperbole and can be used in the classroom to teach about this literary device.

Poetry Activities for Middle School

40. Poetry Activities for Middle School

Teaching middle school students about poetry can be a powerful and rewarding experience. This lesson offers a series of activities that will help you meet different learning styles and strengths while teaching about poetry.

Teaching Slam Poetry for Middle School

41. Teaching Slam Poetry for Middle School

The use of slam poetry in a middle school Language Arts class can truly make poetry come alive for your students. Read this lesson to learn tips and strategies for a slam poetry unit.

Teaching Meter in Poetry for Middle School

42. Teaching Meter in Poetry for Middle School

Meter is an important element of traditional poetic forms, and even free verse often relies on rhythm for the effect of a poem. This lesson will guide you in teaching this concept to middle school students.

Rhyme Scheme Lesson Plan

43. Rhyme Scheme Lesson Plan

What is rhyme scheme in poetry and how is it identified? This lesson plan uses an engaging video lesson to summarize key facts about rhyme scheme. A fun activity provides students an opportunity for practice with rhyme scheme.

Poetic Devices Lesson Plan

44. Poetic Devices Lesson Plan

This lesson plan can be used to teach your students the types of poetic devices. Start by showing a video lesson; then use our discussion questions and interactive activities before assessing student comprehension with a quiz.

Poetry Lesson Plan

45. Poetry Lesson Plan

Liven up your instruction on poetry with the help of a Study.com video lesson and fun in-class activities. To take your instruction to the next level, consider using the optional supplementary activities and related lessons.

Writing Poetry Lesson Plan

46. Writing Poetry Lesson Plan

If you're about to start a unit on poetry, consider this lesson as a way to get your students excited about literature! This lesson features four easy types of poems that students will have fun writing with an option to extend the lesson by revising and publishing student writing.

'I Am' Poem Lesson Plan

47. 'I Am' Poem Lesson Plan

The 'I Am' poem is an effective way to introduce students to poetry and encourage self-reflection through writing. With this lesson plan, your students will learn about poetry before writing their 'I Am' poems.

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