Genre Lesson: Poetry

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Hook kids into a study on poetry elements by asking them to bring in the lyrics to their favorite song. Discuss the elements in one or two songs (preferably that demonstrate rhyme, figurative language, or a repeating phrase). Groups do this with a final poem and share what they discovered.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Consider handing out lyrics and challenging the class to find metaphors and similes
  • Discuss various elements of poetry (outline provided), tying them into the song activity when possible
  • Use the Shel Silverstein poetry example suggestions to demonstrate rhythm and repetition, or choose some of your own
Classroom Considerations

  • Be sure to hand out some of the poems so scholars can underline rhyming or repeating words
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Pros

  • An engaging way to get learners interested in poetry
  • Encourages your class to see song lyrics as poetry, and vice versa
Cons

  • None