Reflection: Relevance Types of Poetry - Poetry Lesson 5 - Section 2: Lesson


Narrative poetry is the perfect tool for making connections between language arts and social studies. Poems like "The Cremation of Sam McGee" for example lend themselves to a discussion of the perspective of the poet versus actual historical records.  Often poets and authors alter history to make it fit the text.  So, as a class there are many questions to consider.  Is the setting portrayed accurately?  Are historical events altered?  If there are inaccuracies, why?

Another poem that is perfect for this is Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride".  This piece has inaccuracies that make for a great discussion.  The social studies teacher son my team utilizes in in her classroom and discusses not only the alterations, but also the poetic content in order to connect to what students are learning in her class and mine.

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Types of Poetry - Poetry Lesson 5

Unit 12: Poetry Unit
Lesson 5 of 10

Objective: SWBAT identify narrative poetry.

Big Idea: A story so good it can be told in verse.

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