Lesson: Poetry: Genre & Purpose

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Lesson Objective

Students will know and be able to compare and contrast poetry to other forms of literature. Students will know and be able to discuss an author’s purpose for writing a poem.

Lesson Plan

 

 

State Standard:

5.LT-G.2. Identify and analyze the characteristics of various genres (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, short story, dramatic literature) as forms with distinct characteristics and purposes.

Objective

 

Students will know and be able to compare and contrast poetry to other forms of literature. Students will know and be able to discuss an author’s purpose for writing a poem.

 

Do Now

In your notebook:

Dear Ms/Mr. 

Last night I read_______________by__________. It was really______________. I found it interesting that______________________________. I would not recommend or I would recommnend _______because___________.

 

Hook

Do you have a favorite poem? Have you ever read a story that seems to read like a poem?

Direct Instruction

 

 

T:   Ask students to define poetry and create a chart. Create a Venn diagram to compare and contrast poetry to fiction and nonfiction. Read non-rhyming and rhyming poetry. Read books that sound like poetry and discuss poetic elements (ex. Owl Moon and Night in the Country)

 

Explain to students that poets have a purpose for writing a poem. Read several poems and ask students what do you think poet’s purpose was for writing this  poem?  How do you think the poet felt when he/she wrote this poem? How do you know? Create an anchor chart. Summarize lesson my noting poets write to express emotion (anger, happy, sad), thoughts, to share knowledge, for humor, for your enjoyment.

 

 

Guided Practice

Read several poems ask:

 

  1. Is this poetry? How do you know?
  2. What is the author’s purpose for writing this poem
  3. How does he/she convey their message
  4. How are the poems alike and different in author’s purpose, setting, rhyme pattern, etc.?

Independent Practice

Give students several poems. Have them answer the questions.

Closing

Share students responses and poems.

 

Quiz/Assessment

 

Student analysis of poem.

Lesson Resources

Poetry for Kids
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Classic Poems for Kids
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