Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Poetry, and supports the standard of explaining structural elements of poems. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Invite students to think of a poem they’ve heard or read before that they like. Ask: What is the poem? What do you like about it?  

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Famous Faces,” “Around the World,” or “Way Back When.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Make a movie of a poem you write. Use pictures and narration to bring your poem to life. Share it with a classmate and challenge them to identify poetic techniques you used.
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying the structural features and poetic devices in your favorite poem. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a game challenging players to sort literary elements as typical of poetry or prose. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about poetry. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • Why might someone choose to write poetry instead of prose? 
  • Why can poetry be challenging to understand sometimes? What strategies can help you?  

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Poetry Quiz

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Dig deeper into poetic language with BrainPOP’s Similes and Metaphors and Figurative Language topics.  

Explore the lives and works of influential poets with BrainPOP’s Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, Pablo Neruda, and Edgar Allan Poe topics.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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