Experimenting with Poetry Unit Plan – Grade 5 and Grade 6

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Experimenting with Poetry Unit Plan – Grade 5 and Grade 6

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12 x Lessons | Suitable for Grades: 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.

 Overview

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.

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

60 minutes
Lesson 1

Poetry Defined

A 60 minute lesson in which students will develop an understanding of what constitutes poetry.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

The Poet's Lament

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore their preconceived ideas and attitudes towards poetry.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Elements of Poetry

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Structure, Rhyme and Rhythm

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and investigate structure, rhyme and rhythm in poetry.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Sound Devices

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and investigate sound devices in poetry.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Figurative Language

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify and investigate figurative language in poetry.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

Idioms

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore some commonly used idioms.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

Forms of Poetry

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore some well-known and commonly used forms of fixed verse.

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60 minutes
Lesson 9

Concrete Poetry - Shape Poems

A 60 minute lesson in which students will plan and write a shape poem.

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60 minutes
Lesson 10

Humorous Poetry - Limericks

A 60 minute lesson in which students will plan and write a limerick.

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60 minutes
Lesson 11

Descriptive Poetry - Odes

A 60 minute lesson in which students will plan and write an ode.

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60 minutes
Lesson 12

Narrative Poetry - Simple Ballads

A 60 minute lesson in which students will plan and write a simple ballad.

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60 minutes
Lesson 13 (Assessment)

Assessment - Experimenting with Poetry

An assessment task in which students will demonstrate an understanding of the elements of poetry by writing an ode and a ballad.

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  Common Core Curriculum alignment


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