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.
Sixth graders examine the elements of writing poetry. In this creative writing lesson, 6th graders discuss a book of poetry in the setting of Appalachia. Students incorporate childhood experiences into the development of visual and written representations. Students compose poems in the style of free verse.
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.
Second graders explore language arts by analyzing poems in their class. In this word play instructional activity, 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!
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.
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.
Make poetry relevant by inviting your class to participate in the prompt-writing process. To start off the process, read "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost, discussing the poem with the provided questions. Next, read "The Road Not Taken" by Bruce Hornsby, inspired by the Frost poem. Then, work together to brainstorm ideas for the prompt. Finally, allow some time in class to model drafting a poem before sending individuals off to compose their own work. After editing and revising, stage a poetry reading.
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.
Young scholars 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.
Students explore language arts by participating in a creative writing class activity. In this poetry lesson, students identify the word play, acrostic and alphabet style of poetry. Students create a poem in each form to celebrate National Poetry Month.
Students explore language arts by identifying word sounds in creative writing. In this poetry lesson, students identify the uses of onomatopoeia while participating in a chalkboard writing activity. Students utilize five words from the chalkboard and create a poem from them.
Third graders examine the article of the United Nations dealing with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They conduct research in order to find information. It is used to conduct a variety of class activities that include writing poetry and role playing.
Students read various poems daily. In this poetry lesson plan, 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.
Inspired by Britain's National Poetry Day, this resource will help your class analyze poetry. You will find a variety of poetry analysis methods to work through with your class. Finish by having each person compose an original poem.
Students write poems and input them into a word processing program. In this poetry lesson, students listen to Chinese poems and draw mental images. Students compose poems and illustrate them. Students share their work.
Young scholars become familiar with poetry that has nature themes and the Hispanic authors who wrote them. They write a quintilla in Spanish with a nature theme. They illustrate the poem using construction paper made into the shape of the subject matter.
Bring a little excitement to your next poetry analysis activity. Using the highly energetic poem "Walking With My Iguana," learners consider poem structure and rhyme. They listen to the poem, discuss the rhythm and tone with their classmates, then view the words of the poem on the Internet.
Students write an "I Spy" book based on their study of poetry. In this poetry lesson, students discover the format of the "I Spy" books by looking at the books and completing an online activity. They write and publish their own poems in the "I Spy" book format.
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.