Lesson: Concrete Poems

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to explain what a concrete poem is and write their own.

Lesson Plan

Objective:  Students will be able to explain what a concrete poem is and create their own concrete poems.

Students will be able to explain why poems don’t need to rhyme to be a poem.

Lesson Plan


Do Now:  Do all poems have to rhyme?  Is a piece of writing a poem if it doesn’t rhyme?  Why or why not?

Opening:  DO POEMS HAVE TO RHYME?  Facilitate a discussion around this question.  Have student share they opinions.


Make a point to explain that poetry is a lot like art, it is very subjective. 


There are many different kinds that we will be exploring throughout the unit.  The first type of poem we are going to look at is a CONCRETE poem.

Direct Instruction (I DO): 

What is a concrete poem?

A concrete poem is one in which the words make a shape. This picture shows an example:

 The poem is about a tree and the words are written so that they form the picture of a tree.

The concrete poem is as much about the words as the look and shape of the poem itself. That's why it's sometimes known as shape poetry.

Now that you know what a concrete poem is let me show you how to write one.  There are a couple steps that we can use to help us with this:

·         First, I need to theme or something to write my poem about.

o   Today, since we are going to be reading about Jack’s pet in “Love That Dog”, I’m going to stick with the pet theme.

·         Next, pick a shape.

o   Think out loud about the shape you want to pick.

o   I’ve had a bunch of pets that I can remember; a fish, a bunny, a dog, a hedgehog.

o   A ___________ has a pretty interesting shape, I’m going to use that.

·         Next I need to start thinking about my poem and how I want to write it

·         With concrete poems there are a couple different ways in which to write it.

o   The words of the poem make up the shape





o   The shape is made up of words that describe the picture

·         After deciding what type of concrete poem you are writing, it is now time to write.

·         Have your example already written so you aren’t wasting time typing to write it.

Guided Practice (WE DO):

Read a couple different concrete poems from popular authors.

Discuss how the poems were set up.

Did any of the poems rhyme?  Are the still poems?

Have students go through the steps above as a class and make your own class concrete poem.  Maybe you have a class pet that could serve as the shape for you the poem.

Read Nov. 15 – Dec. 13th in “Love that Dog”

Independent Practice (YOU DO): 

Give students 20 minutes of Journaling Time in order to plan out their concrete poem.

Prompt:  if you could have any pet, real or make-believe….Create a concrete poem with it as your inspiration.

How do you feel about concrete poems? 

Assessment:  Students are complete a concrete poem to put in their journals and display in the room.


**These poems should be displayed in the room or hallway to show off**

Lesson Resources

Create Concrete Poetry
Lesson 63   Lesson Plan
Lesson 63 Poetry Terms Concrete Poem   Notes
Lesson 63 Homework   Homework


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