Table of Contents to this Poetry Unit

Poetry Lessons for Teachers and Students

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Hint:  Good introduction to poetry - Show the CD, "The New Kid on the Block."  My personal favorite is to show the poem for which the CD is named.  Before showing the last frame, I let the kids take out paper and pencil and draw a picture of what they imagine the new kid to be or look like.  Then we move to this unit.  

OBJECTIVES for this unit:   .............. Aligned with Tennessee Content Standards
1.Identify historically significant poets and compare the form and devices used. 
2.Literary Response and Analysis - Students read and respond to historically or culturally
significant works of literature that reflect and enhance history and social science. They clarify the ideas and connect them to other literary works.
3.Analyze the use of rhetorical devices 
4.Participate in up-to-date school technology resources to research factual material English
5.Create a scavenger hunt question and give a url where the answer may be found. The student poses a relevant question sufficiently limited in scope to be
completely and thoroughly answered
6..Explain the effects of common literary devices (e.g. symbolism, imagery, metaphor) in a
variety of fictional and nonfictional texts. 

Here are some links that will help (several links are for locating  images and sounds)  introduce your poetry unit:

Readings from Old English Poetry Poetry Pages
Poetry Aloud Barry Spacks Reads Aloud
PBS Poetry Site A free Rhyme Internet Site  


Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.

Joseph Roux (1834-86), French priest, writer. Meditations of aParish Priest, pt. 1, no 76 (1886)

Introductory to Poetry

*Please notice that many of these poetry lessons includes a lesson for students and a teacher lesson plan for help in delivery of the lesson. 

If time permits, as a culminating project, allow the students to write their own poem(s) and use PowerPoint or Hyperstudio to make it or them interactive like  the CD, "The New Kid on the Block." Burn all class presentations onto one CD. I put the students' pictures on the first slide and allow them to read their poems.  It really makes a special CD that they can keep forever.  

Lesson 1........Figurative Language for the student

Lesson 1 .......Lesson Plan for Figurative Language

Lesson 2........Famous Poems and Poets for the student

Lesson 2 .......Lesson Plan for Famous Poems and Poets

Lesson 3........The Art of Poetry for the student

Lesson 3........ Lesson Plan for the Art of Poetry

Lesson 4........Review

Lesson 4 .......Lesson Plan to review

Lesson 5........Puns for the student

Lesson 5........Lesson Plan for Puns

Lesson 6........Idioms for the student

Lesson 6 .......Lesson Plan for Idioms

Lesson 7........Alliteration for the student

Lesson 7 .......Lesson Plan for Alliteration

Lesson 8........Personification for the student

Lesson 8........Lesson Plan for Personification

Lesson 9........Onomatopoeia for the student

Lesson 9........Lesson Plan for Onomatopoeia

Lesson 10......Hyperboles

Lesson 10......Lesson Plan on Hyperboles

Lesson 11......Imagery

Lesson 11......Lesson Plan on Imagery

Lesson 12......Proverbs

Lesson 12......Lesson Plan on Proverbs

Lesson 13......Descriptive words: Now Say That Again

Lesson 13......Lesson Plan on Descriptive words

Lesson 14......Introduction of Poetic Writing:

You're a Poet -- Even If You Didn't Know It!

*Teachers should monitor and present lesson 14 from the student page.  Depending on how a teacher is sequencing lessons, this lesson could be presented first, or postponed until the end of the study of all poetic elements, or it might be repeated throughout the poetry study.  

Lesson 15......Theme: Hey, What's the Big Idea?

Lesson 15......Lesson Plan on Theme

Lesson 16......Purpose: Write With a Porpoise

Lesson 16.....Lesson Plans with Purpose as the focus

Lesson 17......Mood: It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

Lesson 18......Form: The Shape of Things to Come

Lesson 19......Haiku

Lesson 20.....Acrostic

Lesson 20.....Lesson Plan on Acrostic Poetry

Lesson 21.....Couplet

Lesson 22.....Quatrain

Lesson 23.....Limerick

Lesson 24.....Free Verse

Lesson 25.....Other Types of Poetic Forms:

You're a Poet and Now Everyone Knows It!

*Teachers should monitor and present lesson 25 from the student page.  Depending on how a teacher is sequencing lessons, this

lesson could be presented after lesson 14,  postponed until the end of the study of all poetic elements, or it might appear anywhere  throughout the poetry study.  It would also make a good review of poetry types, elements, and patterns.

This includes a review of  limericks, haiku, emotional poetry, ballads, and photograph poetry.  
A poetry booklet to illustrate different types of poetry could fit here.

Lesson 26.....Words and Music

Lesson 27.....On-line Quiz over Poetry

Some Other Ideas for Evaluation (Rubric)

Tennessee and National Standards

Answers to Worksheets

Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), English poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821; published 1840)





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