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Reading and Analyzing Poetry: Lesson 4

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: 3-2-1 from previous day. Allow students to share aloud with whole group or a partner the questions that they created on their own.  Allow other students to answer a few of the student created questions. Make sure to highlight the students who used the important terms in their questions or in their answer


Teaching Strategy: 

  • Have students read poem silently to themselves
  • Have one student read the first stanza aloud and a different student read the second stanza aloud
  • Ask students why reading the poem in this manner would make sense
  • Have students diagraph poem, using terms stanza, rhyme scheme, repetition) with small groups or with a partner
  • Come together as a whole group to diagraph poem
  • To analyze the meaning of the poetry have students answer questions about poem recording their answers
  • Designate a place in the room for answer A,B, C, and D
  • All students stand teacher reads question aloud and students move to the area in the room that corresponds with their answer (if there are any discrepancies discuss and work out)

Summarizing Strategy: Dear Absent student: Students write a letter to a fictional as if they have missed the lessons on poetry to fill them in on what they have missed.  Students must have at least 5 well written sentences.

    Related Lessons:

    Reading and Analyzing Poetry: Lesson 1

    Reading and Analyzing Poetry: Lesson 2

    Reading and Analyzing Poetry: Lesson 3

    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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