Experimenting with Poetry Unit Plan – Grade 5 and Grade 6

Unit Plan

Experimenting with Poetry Unit Plan – Grade 5 and Grade 6

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12 x Lessons | This unit is 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.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

Poetry Defined

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

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

The Poet's Lament

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

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Elements of Poetry

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

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Structure, Rhyme and Rhythm

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

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Sound Devices

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

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Figurative Language

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

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

Idioms

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

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Lesson 8 60 minutes

Forms of Poetry

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

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Lesson 9 60 minutes

Concrete Poetry - Shape Poems

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

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Lesson 10 60 minutes

Humorous Poetry - Limericks

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

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Lesson 11 60 minutes

Descriptive Poetry - Odes

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

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Lesson 12 60 minutes

Narrative Poetry - Simple Ballads

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

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Lesson 13 (Assessment) 60 minutes

Assessment - Experimenting with Poetry

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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 State Standards alignment


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