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Poetry Unit Plan 7 th Grade. Rebecca Mazzone CI 350. Introduction. Teaches seventh grade students… How to read poetry. How to write poetry. How to understand poetry. About the various types of poetry. I. Analyze Learners. Seventh Graders 12-13 Years Old

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poetry unit plan 7 th grade

Poetry Unit Plan7th Grade

Rebecca Mazzone

CI 350

  • Teaches seventh grade students…
    • How to read poetry.
    • How to write poetry.
    • How to understand poetry.
    • About the various types of poetry.
i analyze learners
I. Analyze Learners

Seventh Graders

12-13 Years Old

Will be familiar with 5-Step Writing Process

ii state objectives
II. State Objectives

Students will…

RLA.O.7.1.03: classify the defining characteristics, build background knowledge and apply reading skills to understand a variety of literary passages and genres by West Virginia, national and international authors: [poetry]

RLA.O.7.1.08: examine and interpret figurative language (hyperbole, simile, metaphor) and literary techniques (e.g., flashback, stereotype, foreshadowing) in text

RLA.O.7.1.09: read, compare and interpret types of poetry (e.g., narrative poems, ballads, lyric, epic), and recognize the elements to derive meaning of poetry.

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State Objectives continued…

RLA.O.7.2.04: use the five-step writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, publishing) to generate topics, plan approaches, and develop expository and persuasive writing tasks: [poetry]

RLA.O.7.2.05: from a prompt use the five-step writing process to develop a focused composition that contains specific, relevant details and vivid and precise words.

21C.O.5-8.1.TT9: Student uses telecommunications tools (e.g., email, web pages, blogs, discussion groups, list-servs, etc.) to learn academic content and to gather, share and publish information to various audiences.

iii select media materials
III. Select Media/Materials


  • “Fact or Fiction” Poetry PowerPoint
  • Venn Diagram Handout
  • Peer Editing Worksheet
  • Figurative Language Handout
  • Po-A-Tree Bulletin Board
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Select Media/Materials continued…

Web Resources

  • Poets.org – For the teacher to find poem examples.
  • Yahoo Music Lyrics- For the students to find lyrics for activity.
  • The Teacher's Corner- For the teacher for “Song to a Poem” activity.
  • Kid Pub- For both the teacher and students to submit and then review poem.
iv utilize media materials
IV. Utilize Media/Materials
  • Day 1: Introduction of Unit
    • “Fact or Fiction?” Poetry PowerPoint
      • Statements based on stereotypes
      • Find out what students already know
  • Day 2: What is Poetry?
    • Discuss Basic Poetry Terms
      • Meter
      • Rhyme
      • Line
      • Stanza
    • Assign Poetry Scavenger Hunt
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  • Day 3: Where is Poetry?
  • Poetry Scavenger Hunt Results
    • Poetry is Everywhere
  • Assign Song to a Poem Activity
  • Day 4: How does Poetry sound?
      • Read lyrics as a poem with partner
      • Oral expression of poetry
      • Volunteers may read poems in front of class
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  • Day 5: Figurative Language
    • Figurative Language Worksheet
      • Simile
      • Metaphor
      • Hyperbole
      • Imagery
  • Day 6: More Figurative Language
    • Five small groups
      • Each group assigned a literary device
    • Write a short poem
      • 6-10 lines
      • Use literary device at least 3 times
      • Present to class
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  • Day 7: Different Types of Poetry
    • Discussion of various forms of Poetry
      • Venn Diagram
      • Po-A-Tree
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  • Day 8: Individual Poetry Assignments
    • 5 Step Writing Process
    • Two Poems
      • Share a theme
      • Different types (haiku, ode, limerick, etc.)
      • At least 3 examples of figurative language
      • 15 lines or more
    • Begin Pre-writing (Free Write and Brainstorming)
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  • Day 9: Peer Editing
    • Two Rough Drafts of Each Poem
    • Groups of three students
      • Trade drafts of poems
      • Complete Peer Editing worksheets
  • Day 10: Publish Poetry
    • Bring in final drafts of poems
    • Submit one poem on-line
iv require learner participation
IV. Require Learner Participation
  • Group Projects
    • Cooperation
  • Individual Assignments
    • Work independently
  • Peer Feedback
    • Interact and critique each other’s work
vi evaluate and revise
VI. Evaluate and Revise
  • RLA.O.7.1.03-
    • Discussion of numerous types of poetry by diverse poets throughout history
  • RLA.O.7.1.08-
    • Discussion of figurative language
    • Students will also use figurative language in poems that they write in groups and on their own
  • RLA.O.7.1.09-
    • Venn diagram to compare different genres of poetry
    • Categorize poems onto the Po-A-Tree
vi evaluate and revise continued
VI. Evaluate and Revise continued
  • RLA.O.7.2.04-
    • Complete pre-writing and beginning steps together
    • Then students will continue steps to write poems independently
  • RLA.O.7.2.05-
    • Use 5-Step writing process when writing their two poems based on prompt
  • 21C.O.5-8.1.TT9-
    • Type out and submit poem to KidPub