Poetry Lesson Plans

Soil and Rocks
By: Saraiya Kanning
Literary Model: Everyone Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor
Lesson Plan: PDF icon soil_and_rocks_.pdf
By: Saraiya Kanning
Literary Model: "Wind, Water, Stone" by Octavio Paz
Lesson Plan: PDF icon water.pdf
Scavenging for Words with Erasure
By: Sophie Daws
Literary Model: Mary Ruefle’s A Little White Shadow, excerpts taken from pages 9-11 and 15-18; and Hoa Nguyen’s poem “Autumn 2012 Poem” from Tells of the Crackling.
Lesson Plan: PDF icon scavengingforwordswitherasure.pdf
Exploring the Five Senses Through Metaphor
By: Sophie Daws
Literary Model: Wallace Steven’s poem “Someone Puts a Pineapple Together” from Rose, Where Did You get that Red? by Kenneth Koch
Lesson Plan: PDF icon exploringthefivesensesthroughmetaphor.pdf
Animal, May I Borrow ...?
By: Charlie Buck
Literary Model: "Cobra, Can I?" by 5th graders at Manzo Elementary (see lesson plan .pdf)
Lesson Plan: PDF icon animalmayiborrow-charliebuck.pdf
I Am Not Poems
By: Carolyn Ferrucci
Literary Model: "My Name is Hiwot" by Hiwot Adilow and "My Honest Poem" by Rudy Francisco
Lesson Plan: PDF icon i_am_not_poems.pdf
Baby, You're a Firework: Making Meaning through Metaphor (and Simile) in Songwriting
By: Lisa O'Neill
Literary Model: "Firework" by Katy Perry
Lesson Plan: PDF icon baby_youre_a_firework_.pdf
Imagining a House
By: Rachel Mindell
Literary Model: “If I Lived in That House” by Joseph McGeschick (in worksheet attachment)
Lesson Plan: PDF icon imaginingahouse.pdf, PDF icon houseworksheet.pdf