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English Language Arts - 4th

Exploring the World of Poetry

Title: Exploring the World of Poetry

Compliance: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts - Grade 4

Subject: English Language Arts

Summary: This lesson introduces fourth-grade students to the world of poetry, helping them develop an understanding of different types of poems, poetic devices, and the power of language.

Topic: Introduction to Poetry

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and define different types of poems
  • Recognize and analyze poetic devices
  • Understand the impact of language in poetry
  • Create their own poems using various poetic devices


This lesson will be delivered through a combination of teacher-led instruction, group discussions, and hands-on activities. Students will have the opportunity to explore different poems, analyze their structure and language, and create their own poems.

Resources/Materials Required

  • Chart paper and markers
  • Printed copies of various poems
  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Art supplies (colored pencils, markers, etc.)


Engagement Activities

1. Begin the lesson by asking students if they have ever heard or read a poem. Discuss their prior knowledge and experiences with poetry.

2. Introduce the concept of poetry and explain that it is a form of artistic expression that uses language in a unique way.

3. Display different types of poems on chart paper or using a projector. Discuss the characteristics of each type, such as rhyming patterns, line structure, and themes.

Instructional Activities

1. Read aloud a selected poem, emphasizing the use of poetic devices such as similes, metaphors, and personification. Discuss the impact of these devices on the reader.

2. Provide printed copies of various poems to small groups of students. Ask them to identify and analyze the poetic devices used in each poem. Encourage group discussions and sharing of findings.

3. Create a class chart or whiteboard display to record the different poetic devices identified by students. Discuss the similarities and differences between the poems.

Application Activities

1. Divide students into pairs or small groups. Provide them with art supplies and ask them to create visual representations of a selected poem. Encourage creativity and the use of colors to convey emotions.

2. Ask each group to present their artwork and explain how it relates to the poem. Discuss the different interpretations and perspectives.

3. Guide students in creating their own poems using various poetic devices. Encourage them to experiment with language and express their thoughts and emotions.


Assess students' understanding and application of the lesson objectives through the following:

  • Observation of group discussions and participation
  • Review of completed artwork and its connection to the selected poem
  • Evaluation of students' own poems, focusing on the use of poetic devices and creativity

By the end of the lesson, students should:

  • Know: Different types of poems and various poetic devices
  • Understand: The impact of language in poetry and how to analyze poems
  • Can do: Create their own poems using different poetic devices and express their thoughts and emotions through language

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Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts - Grade 4

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