Lesson: Poetry Assessment

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to complete an assessment of poetry skills.

Lesson Plan

Connection(3-5 mins): Readers we have all worked really hard this unit to master poetry.  You have learned different elements of poetry, different styles of poetry, and figurative language.  Today is our last day of this unit.  To celebrate all that we learned we will analyze a few poems based on everything we know.

Teach/Active Engagement (10-12 mins): Let’s review some of the important elements of poetry that we learned this year.  One important element was rhyme scheme.  Turn and tell your partner the definition of a rhyming couplet.  Students should turn and talk. Teacher calls on students to share out.  As an extension, students can share out examples of rhyming couplets or create their own to share out to the group.

We also learned about ways words can make sounds to create poems.  We read poems with examples of onomatopoeia and alliteration.  Read the two example below and tell your partner which example is alliterations.

1.    Drew draws dragons in the drive.
2.    Crash! All the dishes toppled off the sink onto the floor.

Students should turn and talk to discuss the examples.  Teacher calls on a partnership to share out their response.

Great job! Now let’s focus on figurative language.  In this part of the unit we learned about metaphors and similes.  Who can remind me the difference between the two comparisons?  Teacher calls on a student to share out response.  Student should respond that similes use the word “like” or “as” and metaphors do not use those words.  Teacher reveals two examples on chart paper.  Turn and tell your partner which example is a metaphor and which example is a simile.

1.    Drew is as hungry as a hippo.
2.    Drew is a hippo because he eats all the time.

Students turn and talk.  Teacher calls on a partnership to share their responses.  You were all correct, you really are figurative language all starts.  We will not review voice and point of view because we just talked about those elements yesterday.  If you need help with that portion of the assessment today, let me know and I will be sure to help with the review.  I think you are all ready to show what you know!  When you go to your seats I will pass out a poem.  You job as readers is to label the rhyme scheme and any elements of poetry you notice from the unit.  I will be walking around the help you.  If you finish early you may read from your poetry packets.

Independent Reading (15-20 mins): Students complete the poetry assessment during independent reading time.  If students finish early they may read from their poetry packets.  Teacher circulates during this time to answer questions

Exit Slip/Share: The assessment serves as a final exit slip for this unit.

Reflection: Overall, I enjoyed the poetry unit.  My students performed well on the assessment and we were able to cover a lot of material in a short amount of time.  I think it is important to continue to include the elements of poetry through stations or remediation because the terms are easily forgotten throughout

Lesson Resources

Poetry Unit Assessment  


Patricia Applegate Posted 27 days ago:

Excellent unit!  You've included everything one could imagine to teach poetry.  Great job and thanks for sharing!

Maria Macleod Posted 4 years ago:
You are excellent! I love this poetry unit! thank you for sharing your hard work with us!
sonia chhina Posted 4 years ago:
This is such an incredible resource that you have shared Amy! Thank you very much :)
Renee Braswell Posted 4 years ago:
This is awesome! Thank you
dorlicia young Posted 4 years ago:
This was an excellent unit. I was able to take this and update my poetry unit for this year. Good Job and thanks.
Tahquetta Hunter Posted 4 years ago:
Wowsers, just what I was looking for.



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