1. 3-5 Organizing Questions
  2. What attributes define the literary genre poetry?
  3. How does poetry relate to my students' lives? Where do they see/hear it in every day life experiences?
  4. What are the literary aspects within poetry and how do they enhance the genre, as well as entice the reader?
  5. What is the history of poetry recitation? Why will it matter to my students?
  6. What is the process of writing poetry? How will I break that process down for my students' understanding and connection?

3-5 Goals
  1. Students will be able to understand and define the true definition and importance of poetry.
  2. Students will be able to relate to the poetry discussed, as well as understand more readily how it connects them to the world/community.
  3. Students will be able to understand and apply the literary aspects within poetry.
  4. Students will be able to understand the importance of these literary aspects, as well as see their use in current poetry, whatever its form may be.
  5. Students will be able to apply the history of poetry recitation to its importance in society in the relation to cultural storytelling and history being made and passed down through generations.
  6. Students will be able to apply the process of writing through the creation of their own pieces of poetry.

5-10 General Unit Objectives
  1. 4.01: Analyze the purpose of the author or creator to examining any bias, apparent or hidden messages, emotional factors, and/or propaganda techniques, exploring and evaluating the underlying assumptions of the author/creator, understanding the effects of author's craft on the reader/viewer/listener.
  2. 4.03: Develop the stance of a critic by considering and presenting alternative points of view or reasons, remaining fair-minded and open to other interpretations, and creating a critical response/review of a work/topic.
  3. 5.01: Increase fluency, comprehension, and insight through a meaningful and comprehensive literacy program by...
  4. 5.02: Study the characteristics of literary genres.
  5. 6.01: Model an understanding of conventional written and spoken expression by...

Possible Materials and Supplementary Texts
  • The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Jazmin's Notebook by Grimes
  • Out of the Dust by Hesse
  • You Don't Even Know Me by Flake
  • Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes
  • Pizza, Pigs and Poetry: How to Write a Poem by Jack Prelutsky
  • Poetry from A to Z: A Guide for Young Writers compiled by Paul B. Janeczko
  • Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Meilo So

List of Possible Learning Activities
  • Defining Poetry: What are the varieties of poetry in our everyday lives (commercial jingles, songs, rap, etc.)
  • Writing variety of poetry styles (shaping, rhythm, rhyme, acrostic, etc.)
  • Poetry Operation: Verse by verse dissection of the poem, as well as looking at the literary elements within (i.e. similes, hyperbole, metaphors, alliterations, imagery, onomatopoeia, assonance, allusion, figurative language) and parts of a poem (line, verse, stanza, etc.)
  • Poetry Recitation/Delivery: Introduce students to the art of poetry reading! Also touch on public speaking, diction, dialect, etc.
  • Magnetic Poetry
  • The Visual Creation of a Poem (shape, emphasizing specific words, etc.)
  • Visual Presentation along with a Poem
  • Artistic representation of a Poem