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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.
Reading through a range of examples, learners identify types of poems, recording distinguishing details of each. After completeing multiple readings for fluency and comprehension, class members watch a video (linked from the BBC) to further explore poetry. In an included worksheet, they find examples of similes, metaphors, alliteration, and rhymes. Then they form pairs to play "rhyme tennis," in which one child states a word and his/her partner generates a rhyming word.
In this complete, ready to use poetry unit, sixth graders read, discuss, analyze, and present poetry. Through the investigation of a wide variety of poetry, pupils gain an appreciation and understanding of poetry, poetic language and how poets relate messages through this form of literature. The culminating presentation assignment is included. A great resource, the unit uses activities and instructional strategies supported by best practices.
Here's a fun way to introduce your young poets to literary terms associated with poetry. Colorful and filled with examples that illustrate the terms and their definitions, the entire presentation could be used at the beginning of a unit, or individual slides can prompt writers to craft their own poetic lines.
Models of and directions for how to write 20 different types of poems are featured in an NCTE resource. The introduction to each form highlights the embedded concepts. For example, tongue twisters encourage poets to use alliteration and assonance while the diamond poem format emphasizes parallelism. Resource lists and poetry websites links are included.
Emerging readers gain fluency and become successful readers through repeated readings. They use cross-check or cover-up methods to help them decode new words, and they chart their progress as they complete one-minute timed poetry readings with a partner. They perform poetry readings in front of the rest of the class after they have developed adequate fluency. Get your learners comfortable reading aloud!
Combine the study of poetry with the NACC tournament and March Madness? Sure! After a study of narrative poetry (“The Highwayman,” “The Walrus and the Carpenter,” and “Casey at the Bat,” etc.) class members are assigned a team from the NCAA regions and begin gathering data. They then compose a narrative poem about their team following guidelines developed by the class. The richly detailed unit plan includes a materials list, technology resources, activities, and assessments.
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.