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Types of Poetry Posters

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A set of 9 posters examining different styles of poetry.

The nine styles include:

Acrostic
A poem where a letter in each line forms a word or phrase when read in sequence.

Ballad
A rhythmic poem that tells a story. Ballads are often used in songs.

Haiku
A Japanese poem that consists of 3 lines and 17 syllables.

Limerick
A funny or unusual poem that consists of five lines.

Ode
A lyric poem usually about a particular person or thing.

Riddle
A poem that describes something without actually naming what it is.

Cinquain
A five-line poem that contains vivid imagery and conveys a certain mood or emotion.

Kennings
A poem made up of several stanzas of two describing words.

Diamante

A poem comparing two subjects that is shaped like a diamond.

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Common Core State Standards alignment

Grade 1 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.10
With prompting and support, read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade 1.

Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Craft and Structure > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4
Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Craft and Structure > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.5
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Craft and Structure > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.5
Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Foundational Skills > Fluency > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.5.4 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.5.4.B
Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.


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  • What about diamante poem?

    Comment by LISSA PRICE on December 8, 2014 at 4:02 pm


  • thank you! gracias!

    Comment by Jazmin Weaver on December 8, 2014 at 11:34 pm


  • Wonderful resource. Thank you.

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Resource Updates

  • This resource has been updated to include the diamante poem.

    Addition by Nikki (Teach Starter) Monday November 6, 2017

  • This resource has been updated to include the diamante poem.

    Addition by Nikki (Teach Starter) Monday November 6, 2017

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