Elementary Poetry Teacher Resources

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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.
Young scholars consider the role of rhythm and meter in poetry. In this integrated arts lesson, students discuss the attributes of poetry and use their music skills to set picture book poetry to music by creating "singable" poems.
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 young scholars 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.
Fifth graders read and analyze poetry. They investigate poetic license, poetic elements and select their own pieces of poetry to share orally, electronically, and in writing.
Learners find reasons to love poetry as they select good poetry for themselves, and to share. They discuss poetic license and elements of poetry. They share their findings orally.
Second graders identify evidence of rhythm, rhyme, and alliteration in poetry. They use reference materials and access websites imbedded in this plan to help them write their own poems.
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.
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!
Students explore what poetry is and certain aspects within it. They write their own knowledge and perceptions of poetry and the expand that knowledge and experience through listening to, reading, and writing poetry and exploring poetic terminology.
Second graders investigate the writing of poetry that uses synonyms and common antonyms. They go to a website to view poems that are written as models while identifying the different types of words. Then students write their own poetry.
Eleventh graders read various examples of poems of the humans behind the Holocaust and who perished during the event. Focusing on the number of children who died, they collect butterflies for the Holocaust Museum in Houston. They view their creation and discover the rewards of recongizing those who gave their lives.
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.
The cat might have got your tongue, but you can’t avoid the elephant in the room while you wait for the other shoe to drop. After all, the early bird gets the worm and the chickens are circling. After researching Poet Laureate Kay Ryan and her poems, ask your young poets to emulate Ryan by rehabilitating clichés and creating playful gems. Everything you need to explore the life and work of this poet, who often views life from the outside, is included in the resource packet.
Explore rhythm, patterns, color and texture in art and poetry. In this poetry activity, students perform a class symphony and note the elements they experience. Students work in small groups to create a visual art piece that relates the elements discussed.
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 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 activity concludes with the development of a rubric and poetry creation. You can also alot time for presentations of the final product.   
Students name classic and contemporary American poets. They explain one poetry idea in classic or contemporary poem. They explain poetry idea at work in their own poems.
Upper elementary learners discover classic and contemporary poetry. They read several poems, discover the power of performing them, and analyze the different parts that make the poems work. At the end, they use what they learned to create their own poems.
Students examine World War I poetry for historical context, poetic devices, and participate in a class discussion. They write an analysis of the poetry's form and its content.