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Ch 5: Types of Poetry Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Types of Poetry chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the different forms of poetry in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Types of Poetry chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayBlank Verse Poetry without rhyme, definition of iambic pentameter and examples of the form
TuesdayFree Verse Poetry without metrical patterns or rhyme and examples of free verse
WednesdayNarrative Poems Ballads, epics and romantic narrative poems
Thursday Odes and SonnetsPindaric and later forms of odes, Ode to a Grecian Urn by Keats and Shakespearean sonnets
FridayElegy Poems Poems as expressions of mourning, classic and contemporary elegies and structure of elegies

8 Lessons in Chapter 5: Types of Poetry Lesson Plans
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Blank Verse: Definition and Examples

1. 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

2. 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.

Narrative Poems: Types & Examples

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

Elegy Poems: Definition & Examples

6. 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!'

Rhyming Couplets: Definition, Examples & Effect

7. Rhyming Couplets: Definition, Examples & Effect

Rhyming couplets are a defining dynamic duo throughout the canon of literary poetry. In this lesson, explore more through a full definition, examples and a discussion of their effect.

What Is Haiku Poetry? - Definition & Examples

8. What Is Haiku Poetry? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what haiku poetry is, take a look at some examples, and see how the traditional Japanese form has influenced its evolution in the English-speaking world.

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