Experimenting with Poetry Unit Plan - Year 5 and Year 6

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13 x lessons | Suitable for years: 5 - 6

This English unit addresses the common elements of poetry and explores how these may be applied to shape poems, limericks, odes and simple ballads.

It consists of 12 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require an additional lesson.

Objectives

  • To develop an understanding of what constitutes poetry.
  • To explore the students' preconceived ideas and attitudes towards poetry.
  • To explore the common elements found in poetry.
  • To identify and investigate structure, rhyme and rhythm in poetry.
  • To identify and investigate sound devices in poetry.
  • To identify and investigate figurative language in poetry.
  • To explore some commonly used idioms.
  • To explore some well-known and commonly used forms of fixed verse.
  • To plan and write a shape poem.
  • To plan and write a limerick.
  • To plan and write an ode.
  • To plan and write a simple ballad.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the elements of poetry by writing an ode and a ballad.

Preparing for Learning

Prior to commencing the unit, develop a poetry wall in the classroom. Display examples of a variety of poems, including annotated texts, to stimulate the students’ interest and assist in their learning throughout the unit. For examples of teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Poetry collection on the Teach Starter website.

Expose the students to a range of poetry before and during the unit. Encourage the students to share the poems they enjoy with the class and add these to a classroom display. Look for and identify the elements of poetry in picture books, songs and other narrative texts.

Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.

Lessons

Curriculum

  • ACELT1611

    Understand, interpret and experiment with sound devices and imagery, including simile, metaphor and personification, in narratives, shape poetry, songs, anthems and odesElaborationsdiscussing how figurative language including simile and metaphor can ...

  • ACELY1698

    Show how ideas and points of view in texts are conveyed through the use of vocabulary, including idiomatic expressions, objective and subjective language, and that these can change according to contextElaborationsidentifying the narrative voice (the ...

  • ACELY1699

    Clarify understanding of content as it unfolds in formal and informal situations, connecting ideas to students’ own experiences and present and justify a point of viewElaborationsasking specific questions to clarify a speaker’s meaning, mak...

  • ACELY1796

    Use interaction skills, for example paraphrasing, questioning and interpreting non-verbal cues and choose vocabulary and vocal effects appropriate for different audiences and purposesElaborationsparticipating in pair, group, class and school speaking...

  • ACELY1702

    Navigate and read texts for specific purposes applying appropriate text processing strategies, for example predicting and confirming, monitoring meaning, skimming and scanningElaborationsbringing subject and technical vocabulary and concept knowledge...

  • ACELY1703

    Use comprehension strategies to analyse information, integrating and linking ideas from a variety of print and digital sourcesElaborationsusing research skills including identifying research purpose, locating texts, gathering and organising informati...

  • ACELY1704

    Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audienceElaborationsusing research from print and digital resources t...

  • ACELT1617

    Identify the relationship between words, sounds, imagery and language patterns in narratives and poetry such as ballads, limericks and free verseElaborationsidentifying how language choice and imagery build emotional connection and engagement with th...

  • ACELY1709

    Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinionsElaborationsusing strategies, for example pausing, questioning, rephras...

  • ACELY1816

    Use interaction skills, varying conventions of spoken interactions such as voice volume, tone, pitch and pace, according to group size, formality of interaction and needs and expertise of the audienceElaborationsparticipating in pair, group, class, s...

  • ACELY1710

    Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for defined audiences and purposes, making appropriate choices for modality and emphasisElaborationsusing technologies to collaboratively p...

  • ACELY1711

    Analyse how text structures and language features work together to meet the purpose of a textElaborationscomparing the structures and features of different texts, including print and digital sources on similar topics, and evaluating which features be...

  • ACELY1712

    Select, navigate and read texts for a range of purposes, applying appropriate text processing strategies and interpreting structural features, for example table of contents, glossary, chapters, headings and subheadingsElaborationsbringing subject and...

  • ACELY1713

    Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital textsElaborationsmaking connections between the text and students’ own experience or oth...

  • ACELY1714

    Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audienceElaborationscreating informative texts for two ...

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