Poetry Lesson Plans

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The Teacher's Corner Resources Poet of the Week Grade Various
Poet of the Week Grades Various Help develop a love and appreciation for poetry in your students. Use a “Poet of the Week” program in your classroom. Assign each student a week for their poetry opportunity. (You will be the first to go to help model what students should do.) Provide students a copy of the page below at least one or two weeks before they are scheduled to share.
Poets of the Week worksheet Poets of the Week Plan
Using the documents above and a little creativity, create a section of your classroom for the program. You will want to place the schedule, along with the forms, in this location. And don’t forget some poetry books!
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The Teacher's Corner Resources Daily Poetry Reading Grade 4-6
Improve oral reading skills. "To help my students improve their oral reading skills and become familiar with poetry, I have one student a day read a self-selected poem. Students need to prepare for their poetry reading. Many students use the books, Kids Pick the Funniest Poems and No More Homework! No More Tests! These books are filled with humorous poems selected by Bruce Lansky. On Fridays, one of the students reads a selection over the PA system. Students love reading funny poems to their peers!"
Submitted by: Ginny Thompson THOMPSONVIRGIN@email-removed, a fifth grade teacher at Lincoln School in Appleton, Wisconsin.This idea was posted in the NEA's Weekly Works4Me Newsletter.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Poetry Reading Grade 4+
Summary: A great lesson to get your students started on poetry.
I never mention the word poetry when I start this unit. We start with prescription poetry. Everyone must write their name, two adjectives, two adverbs and then their name again. Everyone is a poet as they have written a poem that is uniquely theirs. Next, we write about family members, we find poetry in the library that high school students can relate to, we study poetic musical lyrics and then we move into the classics of Frost, Whitman, Emerson and others. After the students have gained a real understanding of poetry, we set up the library with refreshments, candles, and a microphone to have our own poetry reading. All of my students get the chance to read some of their poetry, and I invite some music students to join in the fun. Our poetry reading really excites my students. Poetry becomes palatable and enjoyable.
Submitted by: Jan Fogel budjanfogel@email-removed, a literature teacher at De Pere High School in De Pere, Wisconsin. This idea was posted in the NEA's Weekly Works4Me Newsletter.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Poetry Resource Printables Grades Various
Find some great printables in our Poetry Power Collaboration Project.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Poetry Literature
A collection of recommended books and literature for poetry.

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Web Sites

Giggle Poetry
Giggle Poetry is the premier web site for humorous children's verse on the web.

A Simile and Metaphor Sample Lesson Plan Grades 5-12
Difficult concepts to teach, this lesson provides you with all the tools you need including a ton of examples.

Alliteration Lesson Plans and Resources Grades Upper Elementary
Lists tongue twisters that illustrate the concept of alliteration followed by several lessons for students to complete.

Famous Poems and Poets Grades Elementary
Students go on an online scavenger hunt to learn more about poets and the different styles of writing.

Friendly Poetry Grades K-2
In this activity children will compile a list of the things they look for in a friend and use that information to create a simple poem. Using a familiar topic may make poetry a little less daunting for some children.

How to Make Pop-Ups
Learn how to make these fun cards that will add character to any poem.

How to Write a Cinquain Grades Any
Gives you a simple break down and a detailed breakdown of what goes in each line for this poem.

Meter in Children's Poetry Grades Any
Learn how to teach your students about meter.

Music is Poetry Grades Middle School
This lesson was created to "turn students on" to poetry.

PoetryTeachers.com Grades Various
Have you ever wondered how to get your students excited about poetry? Try teaching with humorous poetry! Here are some great lesson plans and tips on how to teach funny poetry in your classroom.

Rhyming Words Activities Grades K-2
Introduce students to rhyming and poetry through a variety of fun and interactive activities.

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