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Unit Plan
Core Knowledge Foundation

Unit 4: Listen, My Children - Poems for Fourth Graders

For Teachers 4th Standards
Over three weeks, fourth graders explore the world of poetry. They listen to authors such as Shel Silverstein and Maya Angelou, complete word work activities, and practice spelling skills. Budding poets take pen to paper with daily...
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Core Knowledge Foundation

Nursery Rhymes and Fables Tell It Again!™ Read-Aloud Anthology

For Teachers K Standards
A 206-page kindergarten anthology offers various nursery rhymes and fables. Each lesson covers a different reading and examines a concept that best relates to the rhyme or fable. Lessons begin with an introduction to the reading, go into...
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Study Guide
Penguin Books

A Teacher's Guide to the Signet Classics Edition of Poems by Robert Frost A Boy’s Will and North of Boston

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Here's a must-have guide for instructors who use Robert Frost's poems in their classes. The 24-page guide focuses on poems included in Frost's first two volumes of poems, background information on the poet, and what Frost thought was an...
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Unit Plan
Trinity University

I Didn’t Know that was Poetry

For Teachers 8th Standards
Poetry or prose? That is the question facing middle schoolers as they begin a month-long poetry unit by examining the characteristics that differentiate poetry and prose writing. Pupils learn about poetic devices and different types of...
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Unit Plan
Trinity University

The Shakespearean Sonnet

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Looking for a great lesson to teach your class everything they need to know about Shakespearean sonnets? Here's such a lesson. "Sonnet #18" launches a study of the Shakespearean sonnet. Scholars watch two Prezi presentations that provide...
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Activity
Florida Center for Reading Research

Rhyme Flip Book

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
This rhyme book activity may look confusing at first, but it's really quite simple. Everything you'll need is right here and ready to use. Kids cut out and staple the pages of their own rhyme books. The only folds they will make are the...
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Activity
Florida Center for Reading Research

Rhyming A-LOT-OH!

For Teachers K - 1st
Rhymes are a great way to help your scholars with phonemic awareness and word relationships. Kids work with partners to match cards from a stack to their rhyming counterparts on a game board. There are six different boards, so this will...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Cross Patch

For Teachers K - 2nd
Leaners will recite "Cross Patch" and examine its related emotions and vocabulary. They chant "Cross Patch", participate in listening games and identify rhyming words. Afterward, they place the rhyme in their "My Very Own Nursery Rhyme...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

They That Wash

For Teachers K - 1st
Scholars examine the "They That Wash" poster and listen to the rhymes. They match word cards to the words in the nursery rhyme, practice sounds, and create new words. Afterward, they add copies of the rhyme to their "My Very Own Nursery...
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Curated OER

Tone

For Teachers 7th Standards
Identifying the tone in a piece of writing can be tricky. Readers don't have the advantage of studying the images and colors used in a painting or the instruments and sounds of a song. The second lesson in this poetry unit teaches tweens...
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Lesson Plan
Academy of American Poets

Teach This Poem: "Lines Written in Early Spring" by William Wordsworth

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
William Wordsworth's poem "Lines Written in Early Spring" lets learners sharpen their observation skills. Class members first closely examine the image "Flowers in Front of an Abandoned House in Demerino, Russia," listing what they...
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Activity
Teach Engineering

Cosmic Rhythm

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Young engineers turn poets with a hands-on activity that challenges them to apply the concept of rhythm to crafting a poem.
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Lesson Plan
Florida Center for Reading Research

Phonemic Awareness Instructional Routine: Rhyme

For Teachers K Standards
As a class, kindergarteners identify rhyming words. The teacher provides an example of a rhyming pair and explains why they rhyme. Individual learners then respond by saying a word that rhymes with a given word.
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Lesson Plan
K20 Learn

#Unstressed #Stressed: Shakespearean Sonnets And Iambic Pentameter

For Teachers 9th Standards
Does any word rhyme with orange? Young poets try their hand at crafting a Shakespearean sonnet by first creating list of rhyming words. They then examine the use of unstressed and stressed syllables in iambic pentameter and the rhyme...
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Unit Plan
Trinity University

Framing Poetry

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The big idea in this poetry unit plan is that structure and content work together to create meaning. Class members learn how to identify and mark the metrical patterns and line lengths used in poems. They study the structure of various...
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Unit Plan
Trinity University

Introduction to Poetry

For Teachers 4th
Introduce fourth graders to poetry with a three-week unit that has them examine the structural elements of poetry, analyze poems, and craft their own original poems rich in sensory details and other poetic devices. Young scholars study...
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Unit Plan
Roald Dahl

George's Marvelous Medicine

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Six lessons comprise a unit about Roald Dahl's George's Marvelous Medicine. Over time, scholars explore themes such as the power of words, exciting writing, and mixed feelings. They examine the writing's literary devices, persuasive...
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Lesson Plan
PBS

Discuss 22-year-old Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem “The Hill We Climb”

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Two poems by National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman are spotlighted in a PBS lesson. Young scholars conduct a close reading and watch videos of Gorman reading her inaugural poem "The Hill We Climb" and "The Miracle of Morning." They...
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Activity
Academy of American Poets

Teach This Poem: "Black Laws" by Roger Reeves

For Teachers 6th - 12th
After investigating the Black Lives Matter movement, class members do a close read of Roger Reeves' "Black Laws." They write down words and phrases that rhyme, consider the kinds of rhymes used and their function in the poem. Scholars...
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Lesson Plan
EBSCO Industries

Music and Poetry

For Teachers 8th - 10th Standards
Song lyrics, like poems, are meant to be heard. After examining the literary devices in several poems, scholars examine the lyrics of popular songs and identify the sound devices and the figurative language writers use to create the...
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Lesson Plan
Smithsonian Institution

The Vocal Blues: Created in the Deep South of the U.S.

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Bring the sounds of the deep South vocal blues to the classroom with a Smithsonian Folkways activity. In preparation, scholars listen to and count the 12 bar blues patterns in several works and identify the I, II, IV, and V chords as...
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Lesson Plan
National Council of Teachers of English

Writing Poetry with Rebus and Rhyme

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Young scholars write rhyming poems using rebus. With pictures instead of words, authors create original work about things they love. 
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Activity
Poetry4kids

How to Write a Fractured Nursery Rhyme

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Scholars take a popular song or nursery rhyme and make it their own as they write a fractured nursery rhyme. Writers seek out a nursery rhyme's rhyming words and change them to create an original poem.  
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Activity
Poetry4kids

How to Write a Tongue Twister

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Betty Botter and Theophilus Thistle provide models for willy writers to wrestle words into tricky tongue twisters.