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Ch 21: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Types of Poetry

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Learners in grades 6-8 can strengthen their understanding of poetry types for the SBA ELA (Smarter Balanced Assessment English Language Arts/Literacy) exam by watching this fun set of video lessons. If you have them complete the quizzes that accompany each chapter, you'll know instantly if additional review is called for before test day.

SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Types of Poetry - Chapter Summary

To review poetry types for the summative SBA ELA (Smarter Balanced Assessment English Language Arts/Literacy) exam this spring, you can easily grab this collection of short and entertaining lessons. Go over all the main types of poetry and related issues with your students in grades 6-8, including the following:

  • Literary terms related to poetry
  • Common rhyme schemes
  • Blank and free verse
  • Elegy and narrative poems
  • Sonnet, ballad and soliloquy
  • Use of consonance
  • Connection between poem structure and meaning

Well-informed instructors lead our lessons that include animations, full transcripts, video tags to locate select portions in videos and links to additional supporting information. By using the brief quizzes and chapter exam, students and teachers will know at a glance which areas might need extra attention.

Objectives of the SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Types of Poetry Chapter

The summative SBA is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and was put into place to track the progress of 3rd-8th and 11th grade students in language arts/literacy and math. Of the 6-8 ELA portion almost half of the reading comprehension questions relate to literary texts, including poetry, while the reading comprehension items themselves account for almost 35% of the entire ELA. In addition to comprehending literary text, such as poems, the SBA also looks for understanding as to how the structure of poems is connected to their meanings.

Our quizzes and chapter exam offer your students useful practice in taking computer-based tests such as the SBA. Beyond multiple-choice and other selected-response items, the SBA also includes technology-enhanced questions, constructed-response items and performance tasks. Some of the questions are computer-adaptive, meaning that the items encountered by students will be dependent upon their previous responses.

13 Lessons in Chapter 21: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Types of Poetry
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Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

1. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

Before you start your study of poetry, you'll want to have these technical, literary and genre terms at your disposal. Read on to learn the basics of analyzing poetry!

Poems with ABAB Rhyme Scheme: Examples & Definition

2. Poems with ABAB Rhyme Scheme: Examples & Definition

In this lesson, we will delve into the wonderful world of poetry. Specifically, we will analyze poems with the ABAB rhyme scheme. After a few examples, we will analyze how poets implement this type of rhyme scheme to create memorable poems. We will conclude our lesson with a brief quiz.

Blank Verse: Definition and Examples

3. Blank Verse: Definition and Examples

Blank verse has been used in both drama and poetry for centuries. Watch this video to see how different poets use this technique to bring the audience into a trance or to jolt them into reflection.

What Is Free Verse Poetry? - Examples & Definition

4. What Is Free Verse Poetry? - Examples & Definition

Did you know that Walt Whitman, who lived in the mid-1800s, was influential in shaping the American identity? Find out how his writing style is connected to the King James Bible and the famous Beat poet Allen Ginsberg.

Elegy Poems: Definition & Examples

5. Elegy Poems: Definition & Examples

For centuries, people have expressed their grief for the loss of loved ones in elegies. Learn how the elegy differs from the eulogy and how Don McLean's 'American Pie' falls into the ranks of Walt Whitman's 'O Captain! My Captain!'

Narrative Poems: Types & Examples

6. Narrative Poems: Types & Examples

Some of history's most famous heroes have been immortalized in narrative poetry: King Arthur, Odysseus, and even Jed Clampett. From Homer to Chaucer to Poe to The Beverly Hillbillies, narrative poetry has been used to preserve some of the world's greatest stories.

Odes: Forms & Examples

7. Odes: Forms & Examples

Have you ever appreciated something or someone so much you were inspired to write a poem? If so, then the ode is the poem for you! Learn about the three types of odes and how they are used to celebrate the people and things.

Sonnets: Definition & Examples

8. Sonnets: Definition & Examples

If you want to profess your love in a poem, you might not think to look back a few hundred years for inspiration. Learn how some of the greatest poets in history used the sonnet to woo their lovers.

Petrarchan Sonnet: Rhyme Scheme, Format & Example Poems

9. Petrarchan Sonnet: Rhyme Scheme, Format & Example Poems

The sonnet is one of the most well-respected poetic forms in the English language, but did you know that this form began in Italian? Explore the inner workings of the Petrarchan sonnet and break down examples from Emma Lazarus and Joshua Mehigan.

What is a Ballad Poem? - Definition, Structure & Examples

10. What is a Ballad Poem? - Definition, Structure & Examples

Ballad poems, folk ballads. . . they're all the same, right? Not exactly. Find out the difference in this lesson, where you'll learn about ballad poems, their structure and get to see a couple examples of this poetic genre.

Soliloquy: Definition & Examples

11. Soliloquy: Definition & Examples

Drama is a vastly different medium from written literature. This lesson focuses on one particular thing that exists only in spoken performances: the soliloquy.

Consonance in Literature: Definition & Examples

12. 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.

How the Structure of a Poem or Drama Contributes to Meaning

13. How the Structure of a Poem or Drama Contributes to Meaning

Look closely at the form of any poem or play. Authors put a lot of thought into the structure of their work. This lesson discusses how that structure contributes to the overall meaning of the piece as a whole.

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