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English Language Arts - 5th

Exploring the World of Poetry

Title: Exploring the World of Poetry

Compliance: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts

Subject: English Language Arts

Summary: This fifth grade lesson introduces students to the world of poetry, teaching them about different types of poems, poetic devices, and how to analyze and write their own poems.

Topic: Poetry

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the different types of poems, such as haiku, limerick, and free verse.
  • Understand poetic devices, including simile, metaphor, and personification.
  • Can analyze and interpret poems by identifying poetic devices and their effects.
  • Can write their own poems using various poetic devices.


This lesson will be taught using a combination of direct instruction, group discussions, and hands-on activities. Students will have the opportunity to read and analyze different poems, participate in class discussions, and engage in creative writing exercises.


  • Various poetry books and anthologies
  • Chart paper and markers
  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Index cards
  • Art supplies (colored pencils, markers, etc.)


Introduction (10 minutes)

Begin the lesson by asking students if they have ever read or heard a poem before. Discuss their prior knowledge of poetry and explain that today they will be diving deeper into the world of poetry.

Types of Poems (20 minutes)

Introduce students to different types of poems, such as haiku, limerick, and free verse. Show examples of each type and discuss their characteristics. Have students work in pairs or small groups to create posters showcasing the different types of poems.

Poetic Devices (20 minutes)

Teach students about poetic devices, such as simile, metaphor, and personification. Provide examples and have students identify the devices used in each example. Create a class chart to display the different poetic devices and their definitions.

Analyzing Poems (20 minutes)

Read a poem aloud to the class and guide them in analyzing it. Discuss the use of poetic devices and their effects on the meaning and tone of the poem. Have students work in pairs to analyze another poem and present their findings to the class.

Writing Poems (30 minutes)

Give students index cards and ask them to write their own poems using at least two different poetic devices. Encourage creativity and provide support as needed. Once students have finished writing, have them share their poems with the class.

Wrap-Up (10 minutes)

Conclude the lesson by reviewing the different types of poems and poetic devices covered. Ask students to reflect on what they have learned and how they can apply their knowledge to appreciate and create poetry in the future.

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Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts

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