Unit Plan

Unit 7: Poetry

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Over the course of a 12-lesson language arts unit, young scholars analyze a variety of poems taking a close look at figurative language and tone. They learn to compare and contrast, improve comprehension, and identify settings. To conclude, budding poets draft an original piece of poetry and share it with their peers.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Set the mood in the classroom for sharing poems; use soft light, clear space for learners to sit on the floor, and create a background using bulletin board paper
  • Review expectations for proper audience etiquette when listening to their peers sharing their poems
  • Set out poetry books for pupils to browse when time allows
Classroom Considerations
  • The seventh of nine units in a fifth grade ELA series by Core Knowledge
  • Check each lesson's "At a Glance" section to find a list of required materials
  • The unit includes poems from a wide range of authors including Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and more
  • Sharing poems aloud boosts listening and speaking skills
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