Module 19: Elements of Poetry - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this module, students will learn how poetry is different from other forms of literature. They will learn how the sound effects in poetry distinguish it from other forms of literature. Students will learn why and how poetry looks different on the page, compared to other forms of literature. They will learn what homophones are and how to distinguish among them.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Spelling 7: Practice 1 None
2 What Is Poetry? independent reading book
pen or pencil
3 Sounds of Poetry independent reading book
pen or pencil
4 How Poems Look independent reading book
pen or pencil
5 Confusing Words independent reading book
pen or pencil

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Spelling 7: Practice 1
2 What Is Poetry?
  1. Explain the differences between poems and other forms of literature.
3 Sounds of Poetry
  1. Identify the features of poetry that make it musical.
4 How Poems Look
  1. Describe visual characteristics of poems (line/verse/stanza).
5 Confusing Words
  1. Correctly use frequently confused words (to, two, too; there, their, they’re).

Module Key Words:

Key Words Spelling Words
free verse

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
2 What Is Poetry? 5 Fairy-Tale Poem Assignment

Learning Coach Notes:

Lesson # Lesson Title Notes
1 Spelling 7: Practice 1 To prepare for the Spelling 7: Spelling Test, have your student practice their spelling words over the coming weeks.
2 What Is Poetry?
3 Sounds of Poetry
4 How Poems Look
5 Confusing Words

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
What Is Poetry?
  1. What is poetry?
Sounds of Poetry
  1. What makes a poem sound musical?
How Poems Look
  1. How is poetry arranged?
Confusing Words
  1. What are homophones?

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
What Is Poetry? A Forefather, A Princess, and a Warrior
  1. What is genre?
  2. What is an autobiography?
  3. What is a fairy tale?
  4. What is an epic poem?
  5. What makes "The Private Life of Benjamin Franklin" an autobiography?
  6. What makes "Beauty and the Beast" a Fairy Tale?
  7. What makes "The Odyssey" an Epic Poem?
Sounds of Poetry Sounds in Poetry
  1. What is rhyme?
  2. What is rhythm?
  3. What is a stanza?

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 Poetry for Kids: Robert Frost Robert Frost
2 The Random House Book of Poetry for Children Jack Prelutsky
3 Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou Dr. Edwin Graves Wilson Ph.D.
4 Inside Out and Back Again Thanhha Lai 800L
5 The Oxford Book of Story Poems Michael Harrison

Module Outing:

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

# Outing