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Reading and Analyzing Poetry: Lesson 3

Subject:  Language Arts

Grade: 5

Essential Question: What are some strategies that I can use to strengthen my understanding of poetry?


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.3 - Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.5 - Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.9- Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.


Activating Strategy: Flyswatter vocabulary games. Teacher writes important vocabulary terms from previous lessons spread out across the board.  Two students stand with their back to the board, teacher reads the definition, an example of the vocabulary terms aloud, teacher says go and the two students turn to board and try to be the first to swat the correct vocabulary term. 

Teaching Strategy:

  • Students practice reading silently to themselves (as students read give them a coding key so they can code the text as they read)
  • Have students turn and read aloud to a partner (share the things they coded and why)
  • Have a few students read the poem aloud to the class (discuss coding as a whole group)
  • Using individual whiteboards have students answer the comprehension questions about the poem and discuss

Summarizing Strategy: 3-2-1: Students create questions based on the poem they just read. Encourage students to use the important vocabulary terms within their questions, as well as encourage students to create different types of questions such as Right there questions, Think and Search questions, and Author and You questions (examples below)

    Related Lessons:

    Reading and Analyzing Poetry: Lesson 1

    Reading and Analyzing Poetry: Lesson 2

    Reading and Analyzing Poetry: Lesson 4

    Written by Blair Dielman, Education World® Contributing Writer

    Blair is an educator with extensive experience in creating and implementing engaging lessons for all subject areas.  These lesson included handouts, technology, and other forms of interactive learning.

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