Module 20: Poetry in Practice - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this module, students will learn how figurative language adds meaning to a poem. They will learn how to figurative language adds meaning to a poem.They will learn how to interpret a poet's word choices, including words chosen for the nuance they add to a line or phrase. Students will learn where adjectives typically appear in sentences written in English.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Spelling 7: Practice 2 None
2 Similes and Metaphors independent reading book
pen or pencil
3 Figurative Language independent reading book
pen or pencil
4 How Poets Choose Words independent reading book
pen or pencil
5 Where Adjectives Belong independent reading book
pen or pencil

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Spelling 7: Practice 2
2 Similes and Metaphors
  1. Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors in context.
3 Figurative Language
  1. Interpret a poet’s use of figurative language.
4 How Poets Choose Words
  1. Interpret the meaning of a poet’s word choices.
5 Where Adjectives Belong
  1. Recognize standard word order for adjectives used in English sentences.

Module Key Words:

Key Words Spelling Words
figurative language
literal language
word choice
multiple meanings
being verbs

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
2 Similes and Metaphors 4 Similes and Metaphors Assignment
3 Figurative Language 6 Figurative Language Assignment
4 How Poets Choose Words 4 Word Choices in Poetry Assignment

Learning Coach Notes:

Lesson # Lesson Title Notes
1 Spelling 7: Practice 2 To prepare for the Spelling 7: Spelling Test, have your student practice their spelling words over the coming weeks.
2 Similes and Metaphors
3 Figurative Language
4 How Poets Choose Words
5 Where Adjectives Belong

Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
Similes and Metaphors
  1. What are similes and metaphors?
Figurative Language
  1. What is the difference between literal and figurative language?
How Poets Choose Words
  1. What are word nuances?
Where Adjectives Belong
  1. What are adjectives?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
Similes and Metaphors Figurative Language: Polar Penguins
  1. What is figurative language?
  2. Name some types of figurative language.
  3. What is alliteration?
  4. What is a simile?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein
2 Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems Kate Coombs
3 Poetry for Kids: Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing