Unit Plan

Poetry Unit

This Poetry Unit unit plan also includes:

Third and fourth graders examine the many writing crafts that poets use to convey their message, such as rhythm, imagery, and repetition. By dissecting a poem into stanzas and analyzing the lines in each stanza, young poets are able to infer the meaning and visualize the picture being painted. 


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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Count the beats (syllables) in each line of a poem and notice if there is a pattern
  • Extend each lesson by having your students sketch their visualization of the poems they read
  • Invite your students to write their own shape poems (e.g., a cactus shaped poem describing cacti)
Classroom Considerations
  • This is a great opportunity to explore rhyming and multiple meaning words
  • A few of the poems are missing; however, they can easily be searched for or substituted for another poem
  • There are 14 lessons included
  • Helps to develop fluency through choral reading
  • A few of the poems are missing