Elementary Poetry Teacher Resources

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Poetry Reading and Analysis Worksheet - "Woman Work" by Maya Angelou

For Students 7th - 9th
Examine poetic structure and literary devices in an activity focused on Maya Angelou's "Woman Work." The first two pages provide the full text of the poem, which middle schoolers can annotate and highlight. They go on to complete a...
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A Bear of a Poem: Composing and Performing Found Poetry

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Scholars work collaboratively to compose a found poem from one of their favorite stories. With a finished product in hand, class members form a circle and perform their work for an audience by taking turns reciting one line till the poem...
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Poetry Lesson Plans

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Need some ideas for poetry lessons? Check out this packet loaded with suggestions for elementary, middle, and high school writers.
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Different Types of Poetry

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Provide pupils samples of different types of poems including haikus, narrative, nonsense, shape, and rhyming poems. In groups, class members read the poems, establish their general meaning, identify poetic devices, and rate the poems,...
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Poetry Writing

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Put the tips and tricks in this guide into practice in order to encourage your pupils to blossom into poets. A wonderful reference material for teachers, this packet includes definitions of poetic terms and forms as well as step-by-step...
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The Children’s Hour

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Examine youth and adulthood with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, "The Children's Hour." Class members read the poem while considering the value of youth. They then respond to four text-based questions and jot down some notes in...
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Groundhog Day Songs and Poems

For Students Pre-K - 3rd Standards
This Groundhog Day add a bit of rhythm and rhyme with 23 songs and poems that put a spotlight on the holiday's shining star, the groundhog.  
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Theme Poems: Using the Five Senses

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
Introduce shape poems with help from the book Flicker Flash by Joan Bransfield Graham. Pupils discuss and describe what a shape poem is and how it is made prior to drafting an example poem. Once budding poets are ready, pupils compose...
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Poetry: Walking With My Iguana

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Bring a little excitement to your next poetry analysis instructional 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...
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Poetry Portfolios: Using Poetry to Teach Reading

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Over the course of five periods, scholars create a poetry portfolio. They begin with a reading of the poem, Firefly. With a focus on vocabulary, learners reread the poem then look for sight words and other skills. 
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Poetry/Music: Let It Snow!

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students create poems and sound compositions using instruments, sounds, and pictograph notation. After listening Debussy's Children's corner suite, they brainstorm a list of snow vocabulary words. Students write poems and in groups...
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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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How to Write an Acrostic Poem

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Acrostic poems are perfect for any topic! A quick tutorial guides learners into writing acrostic poems with the basics and key examples.
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Portrait Poems

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
This is a very much detailed five-day plan on writing portrait poems. Throughout, class members review figurative language and work systematically to develop their poems. The teacher provides rubrics for the poem as well as a portrait...
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Poetry Workshop: Fixed Form Poems

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Encourage the poetic genius in your young creative writers with a poetry workshop. Fix form poems (cinquains acrostic poems, octopoems, hello/goodbye poems) provide a framework and encourage vocabulary development as well as an awareness...
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Poems: Identifying Patterns

For Students 3rd Standards
Here is a great learning exercise that contains two short poems to compare and contrast. Children will read each poem out loud and then complete three comparative analysis questions which focus on rhyme, structure, and language. Note:...
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Set a Poem to Music

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Fun awaits both you and your class as you embark on a musical activity. After discussing different rhythmic meters they choose a poem to set to music. The poem must rhyme and be set to a melody in the key of C Major. Because the activity...
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"Alone" Poem and Questions

For Students 7th - 12th
Everyone is alone at some point in their lives. Read the included poem and answer the questions provided. Eight questions help readers analyze the text; they look at structure, the theme of being alone, and any poetic devices the author...
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"Voices from Haiti": Using Poetry to Speak up for a Cause

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Explore a real world use of poetry with your class! Young language arts pupils consider the concept of advocacy and how journalism, photography, and poetry can raise awareness for a cause. They read several poems about individuals...
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How to Host an Open Mic Poetry Party

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Four steps to Open Mic Night! The location, invitations, supplies, and party favors are all part of the process in planning and hosting a fun-filled gathering where scholars read aloud an original poem or one by their favorite author. 
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Poems: "The Rabbit"

For Students 4th Standards
In pairs or on their own, fourth graders read the poem, "The Rabbit." They then answer eight critical-analysis questions, requiring them to make inferences, and interpret the poem's meaning and use of language. The reading passage,...
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Poetry Coffeehouse

For Teachers K - 1st
This resource contains a vague plan for a poetry unit conducted at an elementary school during the month of February. Although this plan does not included detailed instructional strategies, this does outline a basic unit, some creative...
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Looking North Of The Greek World: The Slavic Folk Poetry of The Balkans

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
Showing how folk poetry keeps alive national heritage is the stated goal of this proposal for a unit on the poetry of the Balkans.
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Short Poems Are Scary!

For Teachers K - 5th
What do all those chairs and pencils do in the classroom once everyone leaves? Allow imaginations to run wild with frighteningly short poems!