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Seventh and eighth graders identify figurative language in children's poetry and create their own to post to a class wiki. They search a library web browser for children's poetry, read several poems, and identify simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, and puns. Finally, they create their own poems and identify the figurative language in classmates' poetry to analyze its effects.
Students read various poems daily. In this poetry lesson, students are exposed to poetry each day in a variety of ways. There are several ideas on how to incorporate poetry into the classroom on a daily basis as well as a list of poetry books for elementary and middle school students.
Students are introduced to the elements of African-American poetry. As a class, they are read different types of poems to discover there are different styles of poems and practice rhyming words. They share information on their family in the United States and write a poem on their favorite family member. To end the lesson, they pick their favorite poems and share them with the class.
Elementary students explore African American culture by reading children's poetry. They read the book, The Palm of My Heart which features poetry by an assortment of young African American boys and girls. Students define several vocabulary terms from the book and answer study questions based on the poems and book.
Poetry is everywhere even when it is found in the words of picture books designed for young children. Your young poets continue their development in using and identifying literary devices, and the basic elements of story as they read and explore the words in storytelling. The first instructional activity demonstrates how to find poetry in picture books and progresses into small group collaboration where they search for the literary elements that create found poetry. The instructional activity concludes with the development of a rubric and poetry creation. You can also alot time for presentations of the final product.
Have your elementary learners listen to poems for rhythm and rhyming, and then work together to write one line of a poem. They will complete a practice worksheet for rhythm and rhyming before writing their original poem. This is a great way to promote poetry appreciation in your pupils.
Here are a series of lessons which introduce 3rd graders to classic and modern poetry. They are exposed to many different poems and discuss their meanings. Then, they are coached on how to construct a poem of their own. This incredible, 37-page packet of activities should leave your kids with a greater understanding of poety and hopefully, a strong desire to create more.
Second graders explore language arts by analyzing poems in their class. In this word play lesson, 2nd graders define the terms rhyme, rhythm and alliteration and identify their uses. Students utilize class word lists to write their own poetry and share it with classmates.
A series of well-written activities, these lessons prompt middle schoolers reading below grade level (at a second, third, or fourth grade level) to use poetry to practice basic reading skills. They rhyme, build words, make inferences, and practice phonics skills. There are three activities total and an extensive rational/context commentary. The lesson is appropriate for older grades as well.
Combine the study of poetry and non-fiction texts with this complete and ready-to-use six-week unit. After reading numerous poems from local writers and compiling a personal anthology, high schoolers find and read a memoir or biography of a chosen poet. As a culminating activity, they each present their poet's life and works as they attempt to answer the guiding question, “How can a poet’s life affect her or his art?”
Bring digital storytelling to your language arts class! To begin, learners select their own topic, such as a poem that reflects a life experience they had or a historical figure who interests them. Then they work to create a storyboard and eventually a digital presentation that tells the story of their selected topic through pictures. A great lesson idea, these activities could easily be adapted to the study of poetry, historical figures, or even earth science concepts.
Class groups examine a series of poems that use Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac as a motif in Holocaust poetry. Included are questions, notes to the teacher, and bibliographical information on each poem. The activities could be used as part of a study of the Holocaust or as part of a discussion of universal values.