Exploring Poetry – Year 3 and Year 4 Unit Plan

Unit Plan

Exploring Poetry – Year 3 and Year 4 Unit Plan

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10 x Lessons | This unit is suitable for Grades: 3 - 4

This English unit addresses common poetic devices such as sound play, word play and imagery and explores how these may be applied to narrative poetry.

It consists of 10 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 independent writing task, which may couple as an assessment task, is included in the unit. The number of lessons required to complete this task may vary from class to class.

Teachers are also encouraged to collect samples of students’ work throughout the unit to reflect their learning journey.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

What is Poetry?

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will develop a definition of poetry.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Purpose, Audience and Context

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify the purpose, intended audience and subject matter of a poem.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Exploring Poetic Devices

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the common literary devices found in poetry.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Sound Play in Poetry - Alliteration

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore alliteration in poetry.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Sound Play in Poetry - Onomatopoeia

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore onomatopoeia in poetry.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Word Play in Poetry

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore word play in poetry.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

Imagery in Poetry

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and explore imagery in poetry.

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Lesson 8 60 minutes

Storytelling Through Poetry

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore storytelling through poetry.

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Lesson 9 60 minutes

Planning and Writing a Narrative Poem

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will plan and write a narrative poem which includes a setting, characters and a storyline.

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Lesson 10 60 minutes

Publishing a Poetry Anthology

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will create a class anthology of narrative poems.

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Australian Curriculum alignment

  • English > Year 3 > Language > Language for interaction > ACELA1476

    Understand that successful cooperation with others depends on shared use of social conventions, including turn-taking patterns, and forms of address that vary according to the degree of formality in ...

  • English > Year 3 > Language > Text structure and organisation > ACELA1478

    Understand how different types of texts vary in use of language choices, depending on their purpose and context (for example, tense and types of sentences)Elaborationsbecoming familiar with typical st...

  • English > Year 3 > Literature > Responding to literature > ACELT1596

    Draw connections between personal experiences and the worlds of texts, and share responses with othersElaborationsdiscussing relevant prior knowledge and past experiences to make meaningful connection...

  • English > Year 3 > Literature > Examining literature > ACELT1599

    Discuss how language is used to describe the settings in texts, and explore how the settings shape the events and influence the mood of the narrativeElaborationsidentifying and discussing the use of d...

  • English > Year 3 > Literature > Creating literature > ACELT1601

    Create imaginative texts based on characters, settings and events from students’ own and other cultures using visual features, for example perspective, distance and angleElaborationsdrawing on li...

  • English > Year 3 > Literacy > Interacting with others > ACELY1676

    Listen to and contribute to conversations and discussions to share information and ideas and negotiate in collaborative situationsElaborationsparticipating in collaborative discussions, building on an...

  • English > Year 3 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating > ACELY1678

    Identify the audience and purpose of imaginative, informative and persuasive textsElaborationsidentifying the author’s point of view on a topic and key words and images that seem intended to pers...

  • English > Year 3 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1682

    Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features and selecting print,and multimodal elements appropriat...

  • English > Year 4 > Language > Language for interaction > ACELA1488

    Understand that social interactions influence the way people engage with ideas and respond to others for example when exploring and clarifying the ideas of others, summarising their own views and repo...

  • English > Year 4 > Language > Text structure and organisation > ACELA1490

    Understand how texts vary in complexity and technicality depending on the approach to the topic, the purpose and the intended audienceElaborationsbecoming familiar with the typical stages and language...

  • English > Year 4 > Language > Expressing and developing ideas > ACELA1493

    Understand that the meaning of sentences can be enriched through the use of noun groups/phrases and verb groups/phrases and prepositional phrasesElaborationscreating richer, more specific descriptions...

  • English > Year 4 > Literature > Responding to literature > ACELT1603

    Discuss literary experiences with others, sharing responses and expressing a point of viewElaborationssharing and discussing students’ own and others’ understanding of the effects of particu...

  • English > Year 4 > Literature > Creating literature > ACELT1607

    Create literary texts that explore students’ own experiences and imaginingElaborationsdrawing upon literary texts students have encountered and experimenting with changing particular aspects, for...

  • English > Year 4 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating > ACELY1690

    Identify characteristic features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the textElaborationsdescribing the language which authors use to create imaginary worlds; ...

  • English > Year 4 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1694

    Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text st...

  • English > Year 3 > Literature > Examining literature > ACELT1600

    Discuss the nature and effects of some language devices used to enhance meaning and shape the reader’s reaction, including rhythm and onomatopoeia in poetry and proseElaborationsidentifying the e...

  • English > Year 3 > Literature > Creating literature > ACELT1791

    Create texts that adapt language features and patterns encountered in literary texts, for example characterisation, rhyme, rhythm, mood, music, sound effects and dialogueElaborationscreating visual an...

  • English > Year 3 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating > ACELY1679

    Read an increasing range of different types of texts by combining contextual, semantic, grammatical and phonic knowledge, using text processing strategies, for example monitoring, predicting, confirmi...

  • English > Year 3 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1683

    Re-read and edit texts for meaning, appropriate structure, grammatical choices and punctuationElaborationsusing glossaries, print and digital dictionaries and spell check to edit spelling, realising t...

  • English > Year 4 > Literature > Examining literature > ACELT1606

    Understand, interpret and experiment with a range of devices and deliberate word play in poetry and other literary texts, for example nonsense words, spoonerisms, neologisms and punsElaborationsdefini...

  • English > Year 4 > Literature > Creating literature > ACELT1794

    Create literary texts by developing storylines, characters and settingsElaborationscollaboratively plan, compose, sequence and prepare a literary text along a familiar storyline, using film, sound and...

  • English > Year 4 > Literacy > Interpreting, analysing, evaluating > ACELY1691

    Read different types of texts by combining contextual , semantic, grammatical and phonic knowledge using text processing strategies for example monitoring meaning, cross checking and reviewingElabora...

  • English > Year 4 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1695

    Re-read and edit for meaning by adding, deleting or moving words or word groups to improve content and structureElaborationsrevising written texts: editing for grammatical and spelling accuracy and cl...

  • English > Year 3 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1685

    Use software including word processing programs with growing speed and efficiency to construct and edit texts featuring visual, print and audio elementsElaborationsusing features of relevant technolog...

  • English > Year 4 > Literacy > Creating texts > ACELY1697

    Use a range of software including word processing programs to construct, edit and publish written text, and select, edit and place visual, print and audio elementsElaborationsidentifying and selecting...


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